Carp Up, Sweeney to DL
Per Shannon Drayer and Larry Stone on Twitter, Mike Carp is expected to join the Mariners in Texas on Monday. He will replace Mike Sweeney on the roster, who is expected to be placed on the 15 day disabled list with his chronic back problems.
As much as I’m happy that Wak can’t pencil Sweeney into the cleanup spot anymore, I have to say that Carp is something of an odd choice to fill the roster spot, assuming he’s not going to displace Kotchman as the starting first baseman. He doesn’t really give them much in the way of defensive flexibility, and it’s not like he can fill Sweeney’s role as DH vs LHPs, since he’s a lefty himself. The team didn’t need a backup first baseman, considering that both Tui and Langerhans have experience there. And, seeing as how Langerhans has been basically invisible the last few weeks, it’s hard to imagine that Wak was clamoring for another left-handed bat off the bench.
So, yeah, unless the M’s have decided to give Kotchman a break and are going to insert Carp into the line-up on a daily basis, I don’t really get why he’s the one they called up. But, at this point, it probably doesn’t matter anyway. The M’s season is on the verge of extinction, and so getting worked up about stuff like this seems a bit silly now.