Wilson down, Wiki up
Dan Wilson tore the ACL in his right knee and will be placed on the 60-day DL. Wiki Gonzalez, so-called “Laziest Man in Baseball” will be called up to take his roster spot. No estimates on how long Wilson might be out (months? the season?) yet, we’ll know more as he goes out and sees doctors, etc.
Wiki’s MLB line: .238/.312/.361
In Tacoma, 2004: .308/.333/.692 (in a few games before he went down with injury for the year)
This year: .271/.328/.441 (btw, Leone — .270/.410/.492, Doyle .446/.515/.732)(!!)
His PECOTA weighted mean forecast was .234/.310/.378
Wiki also becomes the answer to my ongoing “which Mariner on the current 25-man roster last pitched in a game that counted in the standings” as he pitched a scoreless inning for San Diego in 2003.
So what’s this mean for the team?
Not a lot. Having a backup catcher who can’t hit and doesn’t play a lot of defense isn’t much different than what we have now, as painful as that is to type, it’s only a matter of degree. I’d much rather have Wilson than Wiki as a backup, but Hargrove’s been running a 2:1 Olivo:Wilson ratio. So figure over two months, Wiki gets into twenty games (and probably less) — the drop off between the two is not going to make much of an impact.