Hall in Motown, Kenji behind the plate

The newest Mariner has arrived, but he’s not in the starting lineup for today’s series finale against the Tigers.

Bill Hall, acquired from the Brewers on Wednesday, checked into the team’s hotel headquarters outside Detroit in the wee hours of the morning and took the second of two team buses to Comerica Park.

He will will use his first official day as a Mariner getting acquainted with his new teammates and probably make his debut this weekend in Cleveland either Friday or Saturday. The Indians have left-handers scheduled to start the first two games of the three-game series.

As Hall comes in, left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson goes out. He was sent to Triple-A Tacoma to make room on the roster for Hall. The game plan is for Olson to become part of the Tacoma starting rotation and join the Mariners in September, when MLB rosters can be expanded.

Olson had a 3-5 record and 5.88 ERA in 24 appearances, including 11 starts, with Seattle this season.

While it wasn’t a big surprise that Hall isn’t in today’s lineup against former Mariners left-hander Jarrod Washburn, catcher Rob Johnson was not in the lineup as expected. Manager Don Wakamatsu said he liked the matchup “both offensively and defensively” with Joh behind the plate. That puts a major crimp on his plans to face his former batterymate, Jarrod Washburn, for the first time and get a different perspective of the “dolphin” pitch Washburn throws.

Kenji Johjima will start at catcher.

Wakamatsu also moved Franklin Gutierrez back into the No. 2 hole and moved Russell Branyan to fifth. Branyan has been scuffling and struck out four times in Wednesday night’s game.

Branyan has whiffed at least once in his last 11 games and 21 times overall in that time period.

— Jim Street

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