There were several transactions within the Mariners organization over the weekend. Some were minor, some were more significant, but all could have some potentially interesting consequences down the road.
First and foremost, the Mariners have optioned both OF Carlos Peguero and RHP Josh Lueke to Tacoma, calling up RHP Dan Cortes from the Rainiers and activating 1B Justin Smoak from the bereavement list. Smoak had missed the last six days with the Mariners during their last homestand after the passing of his father, and will re-join the team tomorrow in Detroit. Cortes has been Tacoma’s closer so far this year, posting a 3.24 ERA over six games and 8 1/3 innings pitched. He gave up three runs on nine hits, posting a 9/4 strikeout to walk ratio and giving up one homer.
So, as I said on Saturday, things have been more than a little hectic for me this week. I’ve had some family issues to attend to, and haven’t had a lot of time at home to write. I’ve been keeping up on the news as best I can, however, and finally got some time to sit down and write it all out for you (albeit at the cost of sleep, but hey, I love my readers).
First and foremost, my sincerest condolences to Justin Smoak and his family after his father, Kevin, passed away from cancer at the far-too-young age of 57 on Tuesday. Justin had been placed on the bereavement list earlier that day so that he could be with his father, and it sounds like he did manage to get there in time. I wish Justin and his family the best I possibly can in this difficult time.
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
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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