The Mariners’ rotation against the Red Sox this weekend at Safeco Field might not exactly scare the socks off the Sox.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said this morning that left-hander Erik Bedard will likely miss his scheduled start on Saturday night because of a sore right hamstring. It does not appear serious enough to put Bedard on the disabled list, but it does take one of Seattle’s most experienced starters out of the three-game series that starts tomorrow night.
If Bedard is scratched, the Mariners would start right-hander Chris Jakubauskas, left-hander Garrett Olson and lefty Jason Vargas in that order against the Red Sox.
They are a combined 18-25 in their MLB careers. Boston is scheduled to start Jon Lester on Friday, Josh Beckett on Saturday and Justin Masterson on Sunday.
Right-handed reliever Roy Corcoran was eligible to come off the 15-day DL today, but he didn’t.
He still hasn’t thrown since a neck injury put him on the 15-day DL and there is no timetable on his return.
Some Mariners fans were wondering why Mike Sweeney did not pinch-hit for Ken Griffey Jr. in the 10th inning on Wednesday night against Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson. Junior bounced into a 1-6-3 double play with runners on first and third.
“Sweeney was unvailable with his back and I wanted to give him another day,” Wakamatsu said. “Plus, Junior hit a home run in Minnesota. There’s all different scenarios there. Junior’s going to be in there, and I’ve done that with Mike. I haven’t pinch-hit Mike with Grif in those situations, either.
“As we go forward, we’ll see. Grif’s starting to swing the bat better. I didn’t think it was the time to pinch-hit for him there, for a lot of different reasons.”
— Jim Street