Corcoran and rain return, Johnson on bereavement leave

This just in: the game will start at 5:50 p.m. PT, which is 35 minutes from now.

Meannwhile, catcher Rob Johnson was placed on the Major League’s bereavement list earlier today following the death of his mother-in-law, who was killed in a traffic accident near Houston  Friday night.

Manager Don Wakamatsu said it was too early to determine how long Johnson would be away from the team, but players are allowed to be on bereveavement leave for three to seven days.

Johnson returned to the lineup on Friday night after missing almost a week because of various ailments, including a sore left foot sustained when he fouled off a pitch. He contributed a single and run-scoring double in the Mariners’ 6-4 loss, but also had a passed ball, throwing error and base-running gaffe.

Corcoran, sidelined since April 30 with a strained neck, is available for tonight’s game against the Rockies. Because Johnson went on the bereveament list, the Mariners did not have to make another roster move to create an opening on the 25-man roster.

Left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith went five innings on Friday night, but it appears he will remain with Triple-A for at least one more start. He surrendered three earned runs (two earned) against Sacramento, and the reports indicated that his changeup needs more work.

Unless something changes, Garrett Olson will start Wednesday night’s game against the Padres in San Diego.

The “threat” of rain caused batting practice to be canceled prior to tonight’s game.

It is almost 5 p.m. and there’s no rain in sight. Duh.

— Jim Street



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