Good News, Bad News…

Tacoma Rainiers fans got some good news and some bad news on Saturday night.

The good news is that Greg Halman is back. The slugging outfielder will be activated for Sunday’s game against Las Vegas. Brandon Haveman will be taken off the roster to make space.

Halman hit 33 home runs for Tacoma and made his major league debut last year – but this year he was injured in the fourth game of the season, when he was hit on the wrist by a pitched ball and it resulted in a broken bone.

Halman has been rehabilitating the injury in Arizona at extended spring training. He faced live pitching down there and he is ready to go.

The bad news is that the Rainiers have certainly caught Las Vegas at the wrong time. The 51s are just crushing the ball right now, and they beat Tacoma on Saturday night, 14-8. That’s 25 runs and 35 hits for Vegas in the first two games of the series.

I’m ready to hand out a “Call Him Up Already!” to Las Vegas third baseman Brett Lawrie. He went 4-for-6 with two homers, a double, four runs scored, and four RBI yesterday. He has 14 homers and is batting .350. On top of that, the Toronto Blue Jays third base situation is hardly settled: they are running Edwin Encarnacion and John McDonald out there.

So do the right thing, Blue Jays, and call him up already!

Sunday’s game is at 12:05 and you can hear it on 850 AM or streaming online. Tacoma starts LHP Luke French (1-5, 5.63) against Las Vegas RHP Scott Richmond (3-2, 6.50).

Sunday Links:

  • Here is the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a story on Dustin Ackley, who had three hits last night to raise his average to .290.
  • Check out those Mariners: over .500 and in second place!
  • Larry Stone wrote his Sunday baseball column on the upcoming draft, in which the Mariners choose #2 overall. Here is his MLB notebook, and his power rankings.
  • By popular demand: the Safeco Field Streaker. Please don’t take your antics south, crazy naked person.
  • Back home at Cheney Stadium, Bothel edged Jackson for the state 4A high school championship.
  • In the PCL, Reno and Sacramento were rained out – there was snow in Reno, which had its first-ever postponed game. This is Reno’s third year in the league.
  • The Reno newspaper has an article on collisions at home plate. Reno catcher Sal Fasano Konrad Schmidt says that it’s all just part of the game.
  • Aaron Cook had a successful rehabilitation start, and Jeff Salazar hit a walk-off home run for Colorado Springs on Saturday night.
  • Nashville’s Mat Gamel hit two homers and the Sounds picked up a win.
  • Memphis outfielder Andrew Brown hit a walk-off home run to beat Omaha with former MLB slugger Jack Clark in attendance.
  • Here’s a positive column on the new ballpark in Omaha.

Off to the ballpark for a day game.

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