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.
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.
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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.
- The El Paso Times has a Bill Knight game story – complete with photo gallery – of last night’s Rainiers loss.
- The Mariners missed out on their chance to win a four-game series on the road, dropping Thursday’s contest in Minnesota, 6-2. Three takeaways from the game.
- Baseball Prospectus took a deep dive into the pitch selection of James Paxton, and determined that an adjustment in this area could really improve his results.
- Ryan Divish explains the Mariners constant swapping-out of long relievers.
- Kyle Lewis – the Mariners No. 1 draft pick in 2016 – has some soreness in his surgically repaired knee.
- MLB.com has a story on Mariners/Rainiers shortstop Tyler Smith, who’s father has been with him every step of the way during his baseball career.
- The Everett Aqua Sox season started last night (they lost), and the Everett Herald has a feature on outfielder Brayan Hernandez, who briefly played for Tacoma last week.
- Several PCL players, but no Mariners, appear on this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
PCL Game Reports:
- Reno crushed Salt Lake, 13-5, and now has a six-game lead over Tacoma in the Pac-North.
- Fresno hit six home runs but still lost at Albuquerque, 12-11, on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the tenth inning.
- Tyler Pill pitched seven strong innings and had two hits for Las Vegas in a 12-4 win over Sacramento.
- In the battle between division leaders in the American Conference, the Sky Sox got on the board with a 6-2 win at Memphis. Taylor Jungmann pitched seven innings to earn the win.
- Oklahoma City lost a rare Bricktown slugfest to Omaha, 15-11, with Jorge Soler‘s three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning a key hit. Dodgers pitcher Jair Jurrjens was suspended 80 games for PEDs, but top prospect Julio Urias received good news from the doctor.
- Round Rock’s four run fourth inning doomed the Baby Cakes in a 6-3 win.
- Iowa took an error-filled game in Nashville, 4-2.
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.