The Seattle Mariners activated Matt Mangini from the 15-day DL earlier this afternoon, and immediately assigned him to the Tacoma Rainiers. Sending him to AAA comes as no real surprise, as Mangini had very little playing time in Spring Training while nursing a quad injury. Mangini is already in the lineup for tonight’s game in Cheney Stadium, and will be DH’ing this evening
According to Mike Curto, Mangini will be playing “a lot” of first base with Tacoma now that he’s healthy and on the roster. His natural position, third base, will continue to be manned by Alex Liddi. Where this leaves Matt Tuiasosopo, who had been taking the lions’ share of the first base starts so far, is not yet known.
The first full week of minor league action is complete, and with it comes the first edition of MFR’s weekly recaps for each club. For now, it starts simple; as things progress and time allows, the recaps will get more detailed. For now, we start with what we have. Everything should be pretty self-explanitory; if not, ask in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.
Tacoma Rainiers (3-5)
Streak: Lost 1
Opponents: 4 @ Sacramento (OAK), 4 @ Fresno (SFG)
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Per Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto, first baseman Johan Limonta was promoted to the Tacoma Rainiers today to help bolster a faltering Rainiers lineup. Limonta, who also plays some in the corners of the outfield, spent the last two and a half years in AA, putting up a .299/.373/.474 line during that time, with 103 doubles, 30 homers, and 16 triples over 366 games with the squad.
Limonta, 27, had been off to a slow start with Jackson this year (1/16 over four games, but the one hit was a homer) and isn’t really much of a prospect, but with Greg Halman out for a month and Mike Wilson ailing, the Rainiers need another good bat in the lineup. Hopefully Limonta can quickly round in to his recent form and the Rainiers’ lineup can start producing. Continue reading
UPDATE: Per Rebecca Hale, it sounds like Gutierrez heading to Cheney might not be as certain as was earlier implied. More info as it comes available.
It sounds as though the Mariners are going to give CF Franklin Gutierrez his rehab assignment, sending him to Tacoma this weekend to see how well his recovery from his latest bout with his mysterious stomach ailment is going. Gutierrez will play three games with the Rainiers, then the M’s staff will assess his progress and make further decisions from there.
The move makes sense from several different angles. First and foremost, the Rainiers are currently without two of their outfielders, including Greg Halman, the only one capable of playing center field on a regular basis at a decent level. Gutierrez can fill that hole for them while they decide how best to fill it, be it by promoting someone from Jackson (though there’s no clear “ready” candidate there right now), or by sending down one of Michael Saunders or Ryan Langerhans (though he would have to pass through waivers and agree to the assignment) once Gutierrez is deemed healthy. Continue reading
With the major league club already having a couple of injury issues and waiting to get their center fielder, Franklin Gutierrez, back to health, AAA Tacoma has now seen their own center fielder go down to injury.
Greg Halman sustained a cracked left wrist when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday. Halman, who was the first of two consecutive Rainiers hit by Sacramento righty Gary Daley, stayed in the game initially, stealing a base before being lifted for utility man Leury Bonilla when the Rainiers went back out to the field after the inning. Continue reading
Opening Day Roster
With several prospects who are either on the cusp of the majors or in a “prove it or lose it” stage of their career plus a few “AAAA” type players, the Rainiers almost have to be an early favorite to challenge for the PCL title again in 2011. That isn’t to say they’ll have an easy road at it; the PCL looks like it should be very, very good this year.
Still, even if they fall short, the Rainiers should provide plenty of entertainment and quality minor league baseball for their fans in the first season of the new Cheney Stadium.
Prospects To Watch:
Sorry I couldn’t be more timely with this one; the announcement was made literally ten minutes in to my drive to SafeCo Field yesterday for the home opener. Them’s the breaks sometimes…
Due to the knee injury of Adam Moore, the young catcher has been placed on the 60-day DL, necessitating the callup of Chris Gimenez to replace him on the roster. Because Moore is on the 60-day DL, he’s temporarily off the 40-man roster, so no one had to be DFA’d to clear roster space for Gimenez.
The move came as a surprise to some people, as Josh Bard was widely expected to get the call to Seattle given his contributions in 2010. However, Gimenez getting the nod isn’t that shocking. Seattle Manager Eric Wedge knows him well from their days in Cleveland, and Gimenez offers some defensive utility, which could come in handy for the team in the coming weeks. Continue reading
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