Rainiers Easing Beckham Back

Infielder Gordon Beckham was activated from the disabled list by Tacoma on Wednesday, but it’s going to be a little while before he is able to play full games.

The established major leaguer has been out since April 23 with a hamstring problem. He was sent to the Mariners complex in Peoria, Arizona to rest and rehabilitate the injury.

Now he’s back with Tacoma, but he is not yet in game shape. The Mariners medical staff has outlined a strict progression for how much he can play in games as he regains his strength.

For Beckham’s first game on Wednesday, Rainiers manager Pat Listach was instructed to start him at designated hitter and give him two at-bats.

Yesterday, Beckham was scheduled to play three innings at second base. Listach hit him in the No. 2 spot in the batting order, so he would (probably) get two plate appearances.

His playing time will be regimented like this for the next several days.

Normally this type of progression is done at the Arizona complex, in extended spring training games or Arizona Rookie League contests. But at this particular moment of the summer (between the draft and the start of the Arizona Rookie League on June 24) there are no games at the Peoria complex for Beckham to play limited innings in. As a result, he’ll ease into playing shape with Tacoma.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers couldn’t get the bats going, managing just five hits against Zach Lee and three El Paso relievers in a 5-1 loss.

Today: Tacoma (35-30) at El Paso (33-34), 6:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: El Paso leads, 6-5.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Dillon Overton (1-1, 8.22) at RHP Matt Magill (3-4, 4.11).

Hot Rainiers: D.J. Peterson is 15-for-31 over his last nine games, with three homers, and he has reached base safely in 20 of his last 22 games… Leonys Martin has a five-game hitting streak, and he is 5-for-11 in the El Paso series.

Look Out For: Former Rainiers outfielder Jabari Blash has hit six homers in his last eight games… Rafael Ortega has a 12-game hitting streak, and he belted a leadoff homer in the first inning Tuesday… Nick Buss has an eight-game hitting streak.

Ex-Rainiers and Local Guys: El Paso outfielder Jabari Blash and pitchers Logan Bawcom, Carter Capps, and Zach Lee are all former Rainiers… El Paso pitcher Adam Cimber graduated from Puyallup High School in 2009, and attended UW for three years before transferring to the University of San Francisco for his senior year.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Triple-A All-Star Game: We’re hosting it at Cheney Stadium on July 12, and fan balloting is live now – go here and vote for who you want to see.

Links:

PCL Game Reports:

Tomorrow’s blog situation is… tenuous. We’re travelling all day – starting with a 3:00 AM wakeup call – and arriving just in time for the Felix Hernandez start at Cheney Stadium. I’ll at least try to get the Rainiers Round-Up posted, but that might be it.

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