Wlad And Clement On Way Up?

Dave · April 29, 2008 at 6:42 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Neither Wladimir Balentien nor Jeff Clement is in the line-up for the Rainiers tonight. John McLaren told Geoff Baker today that they’ll be up “sooner than later”. You do the math.


68 Responses to “Wlad And Clement On Way Up?”

  1. BigB on April 30th, 2008 7:50 am

    *not a straight platoon with Wlad since he would only face lefties, but give Wilk a couple starts a week.

  2. currcoug on April 30th, 2008 8:44 am


    Balentien displayed impressive power at Safeco on September 26, 2007, when he hit his first MLB homerun…despite an injured right hand, which prevented him from even gripping a baseball the day before.

    Balentien’s two run shot came off of none other than Fausto Carmona.

    It is still difficult to wrap one’s mind around the fact that Bavasi tried to trade Balentien to KC for Dotel.

  3. BurkeForPres on April 30th, 2008 1:04 pm
  4. Logger on April 30th, 2008 1:20 pm

    I heard Wilkerson was released. Can anybody confirm this? Balentien may be en route to Cleveland, unless he is already there, ASAP.

  5. jlc on April 30th, 2008 1:21 pm

  6. jlc on April 30th, 2008 1:21 pm

    Crap. Baker says they’re both here.


  7. LA M's Fan on April 30th, 2008 1:39 pm

    Wilkerson and Norton, gone.

  8. MILS on April 30th, 2008 1:41 pm

    So, they DFA Norton over Cairo…

    Wow. I know there’s little to say about Cairo that has not already been said but, geez… even when the M’s do the right thing (call up JC & WB), they still find a way to screw it up.

  9. DougP on April 30th, 2008 1:42 pm

    Wlad is already in the lineup tonight batting 7th. Cool

  10. kentroyals5 on April 30th, 2008 1:50 pm

    59-where do u see lineups?

  11. MILS on April 30th, 2008 1:52 pm

    yah, I was wondering the same thing… where’d you see today’s lineup?

  12. MILS on April 30th, 2008 1:53 pm

    oh. Baker’s got an update to his previous post. That’s where.

  13. DougP on April 30th, 2008 1:53 pm

    I work at the station that airs the game. I just talked to Tom Glasgow. He just told me about Wlad, it looks like Clement is not starting.

  14. 1000N on April 30th, 2008 1:59 pm

    I’m guessing we’ll see Clement pinch hit for either Vidro or Johjima as soon as Lee is lifted for a right-handed reliever. Unless his bat starts to heat up soon, Johjima may get pinch hit for a lot, especially with 3 catchers on the roster.

  15. fetish on April 30th, 2008 2:13 pm

    Norton and Wilkerson – CUT!

    Wlad and Clement have to be up for sure now.

  16. JMHawkins on April 30th, 2008 2:14 pm

    Cairo stays and Norton goes. Wow just wow. It’s one of the things about the M’s, every silver lining comes with a cloud that makes you think they really don’t know what they’re doing and somehow lucked into the good part of the move. On the one hand, I guess having 4 guys (Sexson, Clement, Vidro, Norton) who can only play 1B/DH (well, sure, Clement could catch, but there’s already two of those) would be pretty inflexible, but Cairo is the guy who gives them flexibility?

    I feel bad for Norton, who did everything you could ask of him to earn a spot on the team. I feel bad for Wilkerson too, for a different reason. Maybe he’ll join Spazzo and Aurilia as M’s busts who went on to have some decent ABs elsewhere.

    Well, here’s to Wladdy tonight, and Clement soon enough. Good luck guys.

  17. Zero Gravitas on April 30th, 2008 2:17 pm

    Wow this is pretty exciting stuff! It’s great that they made this move in April, not when it’s too late. I hope they give Clement a lot of playing time and don’t pull the Adam Jones learn-by-sitting-the-bench routine. I am pretty psyched to see how things work out tonight in right field!

  18. BigB on April 30th, 2008 2:47 pm

    I love that Wlad is starting right away.

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