A few quick updates before tonight’s Mariners-A’s game at Safeco Field…
Guti Returns - Franklin Gutierrez was activated from the 60-day disabled list prior to the game, and will bat 6th in the lineup and play center field. Gutierrez has been on the disabled list since April 23 with a right hamstring strain. In 22 games while on rehab assignment with the Rainiers, Gutierrez hit .232 (22×95) with 17 runs scored, 6 doubles, 3 home runs and 17 RBI. Prior ot going on the DL, Gutierrez hit .259 (14×54) with 4 home runs (3 leadoff HR) and 10 RBI in 16 games. Prior to taking batting practice, Guti caught up with the Seattle media and expressed how much better he is feeling and is looking forward to getting back on the field with his teammates.
To make room on the roster for Guti, Michael Morse was placed on the 15-day disabled list (right quad strain) and Eric Thames was designated for assignment.
Bandidos – Members of the Seattle RBI Bandidos were guests of the Mariners and watched batting practice from behind home plate. The Bandidos will play in the RBI Regional Tournament in Anaheim, CA July 12-14. Good luck guys!
Seager³ – Yesterday marked the first time that all three boys in the Seager family (Kyle, Justin, Corey) played in the same day in professional baseball. Kyle (for the Mariners) went 1-for-3 with a walk vs. the A’s, Corey went 3-for-4 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI for Great Lakes (Low-A, Dodgers farm system) and Justin made his pro debut with the Everett AquaSox going 2-for-4.
World Record Holder – Ariana Kukors, the current world record holder in the 200 IM, will throw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch. Kukors is a native of Auburn, WA and 2007 graduate of Auburn Mountianview High School. She placed 5th in the 2012 London Olympics in the 200 IM.
Run Fast (and Far) – The 5th Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon took place this morning, and a few friends of the Mariners participated. Mariners Marketing Manager Camden Finney finished 13.1 miles in 2:03 and 710 ESPN Seattle producer Jessamyn McIntyre set a personal PR finishing the marathon in 3:58.14. Way to go ladies!
A few quick updates before the Mariners open an 8-game, 10-day, 3-team homestand tonight vs. the Oakland Athletics…
- The Mariners had two draft picks, 2nd-rounder Austin Wilson and 13th-rounder Lachlan Fontaine, at the ballpark to sign their professional contracts. Wilson and Fontaine put on a power display during early batting practice, with both players hitting several home runs. Wilson will report to the Everett AquaSox and Fontaine to the Peoria Mariners to begin their pro careers. Good luck to both!
- Mariners top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker has been promoted to AAA Tacoma and is scheduled to make his first Triple-A start Tuesday vs. the Fresno Grizzlies at Cheney Stadium. Walker went 4-7 with a 2.46 ERA (23 ER, 84.0 IP) with 96 strikeouts in 14 starts for AA Jackson in the Southern League. Walker was the Mariners first selection (43rd overall) in the 2010 June Amateur Draft out of Yucaipa (CA) High School. In four minor league seasons he has combined to go 18-23 with a 3.46 ERA in 61 games/57 starts. He entered this season rated by MLB.com as the No. 5 prospect, and No. 2 pitching prospect.
- Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told Larry Stone of the Seattle Times that Danny Hultzen (out since late April with a rotator cuff strain) is scheduled to start and throw 5.0 innings for the Peoria Mariners tomorrow in the Arizona League. If all goes well, he could return to the Tacoma rotation following that. Pretty cool to think the Rainiers starting 5 could be Brandon Maurer, Erasmo Ramirez, Danny Hultzen, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker.