Game 116, Mariners at Angels
Jason Vargas vs. Jered Weaver, 12:35
Last night was fun, but today’s match-up’s obviously a tough one for the M’s. Wedge essentially repeats last night’s lefty-heavy line-up today, with Montero in the order in place of Miguel Olivo.
4: Jaso (DH)
5: Montero (C)
SP: Jason Vargas
Andrew Carraway’s starting today for Tacoma at Memphis, and Taijuan Walker goes for Jackson. Jochi Ogando takes the hill for Pulaski and Jordan Shipers started for Clinton, though his day’s done after 8 batters.
Courtesy of Westside Guy in the comments, Franklin Gutierrez has had another setback in his recovery from a concussion. He’d been nearing a rehab start or two with the Everett Aquasox, but something obviously went wrong. I can’t say this is shocking, as he’s had a few setbacks already, but while the M’s are still hopeful he can play somewhere this season, I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be best to target the winter leagues instead. Guti picked up plantar fasciitis during his rehab for another injury, and hurt his oblique after returning from IBS last season; I think it might be advisable to rule out playing this year so his rehab can proceed at a more measured pace. Forget about rushing back to try to make some arbitrary deadline, Guti. Just get healthy. If you can.