An MRI on the knee revealed a defect in the articular cartilage (the surface covering the bone). Surgery has been scheduled for next week, and Jacobsen isn’t expected to play between now and then.
Peter’s got an interesting comment on how Jacobsen’s strikeout rate isn’t important, but that misses the point — the Mariners think it’s important. It’s a big part of why they didn’t offer Cameron arbitration, it’s why they don’t like A.J. Zapp, and the fixation on strikeouts is a huge organizational blind spot that’s going to dog them… until they get over it, really.
Peter also points out there’s an obvious error in the article (which hasn’t been corrected yet, either) — the PI gets Jacobsen’s strikeout total wrong.
The other thing in the article worth mentioning comes when they talk about Ibanez working out at first:
Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, center fielder Randy Winn and Ibanez are all locked into contracts for at least two more seasons. That would make it hard for the Mariners to go after a big-name free agent outfielder like Houston’s Carlos Beltran.
How so? I understand the team might be reluctant to spend more money (which is already a given) but the fact that you’ve got awful contract A on the books doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try and upgrade the team. You’re stuck with the first contract no matter what. You can’t figure you’ll play him some and they’ll have a hot streak that allows you to dump them and move on (see: Jarvis, Kevin).
Also, technically Winn’s not locked in for two more seasons. The last year’s a complicated option where the team or the player can both elect to extend the deal, and depending on who does the extending, the price differs. It’s possible the team could decline to bring him back and he could decline to return. I see that as unlikely.