This morning we received some rather unexpected injury information from the Seattle Mariners: third base coach John Stearns is out, having had surgery for a hiatal hernia.
Stearns, of course, was the Rainiers manager last season after Daren Brown was promoted to Mariners third base coach. After the season, the entire major league staff was either fired or reassigned, and Stearns was promoted to Seattle to coach third.
The Mariners release says that Stearns is not going to be doing any baseball-related activities for 4-6 weeks. Hopefully this process isn’t too painful for Stearns, and we wish him a speedy recovery.
In the meantime, the Mariners need a third base coach for spring training games and, in all likelihood, the start of the regular season. Here’s where things get interesting.
New Rainiers manager Rich Donnelly has been a major league third base coach for decades. He has more experience at that post than anyone in the Mariners organization. What if he is asked to fill in for Stearns?
On top of that, Brown is still in the organization as a roving instructor. He has experience at both spots: MLB third base coach, and Triple-A manager. He could be summoned for one of these two jobs, if Stearns is out for more than a month.
- Here are the details on John Stearns and his health.
- Manager Lloyd McClendon is trying to change the tone. < this is a good feature story.
- Here is Bob Dutton’s notebook from spring training camp. In the intersquad game today, Stefen Romero hit the first home run of Mariners spring training.
- Larry Stone has a column on new Mariner Logan Morrison.
- Rumors! You can always count on the New York media to churn out some rumors. Like, for example, Nick Franklin getting traded to the Mets.
- After a controversial shakeup, former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer has joined the Philadelphia Phillies TV team.
- This “Face of MLB” thing on Twitter is kind of funny. Even funnier is that a player who has no clear MLB job and might open the season in the PCL could win the thing. “Now batting for Sacramento, the face of Major League Baseball, Eric Sogard!”
We’ll look at potential Tacoma starting pitchers tomorrow.