Wilson down, Wiki up

DMZ · May 5, 2005 at 12:46 am · Filed Under Mariners 

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.


104 Responses to “Wilson down, Wiki up”

  1. Brett Farve on May 5th, 2005 5:03 pm

    Speaking of humor, ex WSU hoops star Mark Hendrickson is ahead of the Yankees 3-0. Maybe the M’s could pick up Shawn Kemp … crap, the drug thing might be a problem.

    Make that 3-2…

  2. msb on May 5th, 2005 5:40 pm

    even tho’ Buck loves Alomar backing up Barajas, Gerald Laird is “flourishing at Triple-A Oklahoma. If the Rangers should need catching help at some point, they won’t hesitate to summon Laird. “We feel good about the depth of our catching right now,” Showalter said. “That’s a strength.”

    JR House has enrolled at WVU and, seriously, is going to try to go back to football, figuring his shoulder will be healed by fall camp.

    and, after leading the Oz team to a silver medal in Athens last year, Dave Nilsson is is a roving catching instructor in the Diamondbacks system, but according to Jan Deeble (the oz Olympic coach) would still have interest in playing “if something caught his fancy.”

  3. firova on May 6th, 2005 7:22 am

    This would have been a good opportunity for Dan Firova.

  4. msb on May 6th, 2005 9:23 am

    the Pittsburgh papers are trying to trade Benito Santiago to the Ms…