This goes to be an enormous week for the 2022 Seattle Mariners season.
Can Castillo assist the Mariners shake their lengthy postseason drought?
First, the commerce deadline will hit at 3 pm Tuesday. Then, the day after that, two-time All-Star pitcher Luis Castillo will make his debut for the M’s. And as if that is not sufficient, the roster is about as banged up as it has been this yr going right into a sequence at Yankee Stadium in opposition to the crew with the most effective file within the American League.
Yeah, things are about to get attention-grabbing.
On Monday morning’s version of The Mike Salk Show on Seattle Sports, Mariners insider (*4*)Shannon Drayer supplied her perception on quite a lot of key subjects. Here’s a have a look at what she had to say.
Latest on the Mariners’ two All-Star hitters
Seattle wrapped up its four-game sequence in Houston on Sunday with out its two greatest hitters within the lineup. Julio Rodríguez landed on the 10-day injured record after taking a fastball from Astros reliever Rafael Montero off his proper wrist on a swing Saturday, whereas Ty France sat out together with his personal ongoing wrist subject that stems from an damage he suffered final season.
Drayer supplied the most recent that she had realized on each of these accidents.
When it comes to France, Drayer mentioned he’ll most likely sit out the following two video games with the hope that he shall be in a position to play within the finale of the sequence in opposition to the Yankees on Wednesday.
“I believe he is obtained to give it sufficient time to calm down,” Drayer mentioned. “We noticed when that occurred final yr, when he gave it the correct relaxation, he got here again and was Ty France once more. When he tried to play by means of it, he was hitting about .200, which clearly is just not Ty France. So I believe they are going to watch out about that.”
As for Rodríguez, Drayer shared an change she had with him Sunday night time.
“Yesterday after we talked to him early on, he mentioned sort of in a throwaway remark, ‘It’s only a bruise.’ And then I truly bumped into him after we have been touring final night time and he sort of confirmed (the injured wrist) to me and mentioned, ‘I can really feel my fingers.’ Now that is good. When you get a very unhealthy bruise, generally that occurs, so I believe that’s progressing. So I really feel just a little bit higher about that, however I do need to hear if there’s an MRI (and) that that’s all clear.”
Mariners supervisor Scott Servais mentioned earlier than Sunday’s sport that Rodríguez was positioned on the injured record as a result of he possible would not give you the chance to have a bat in his arms for 5 days, so this can be a superb signal he might return as soon as his required 10 days on the IL are up.
What about Jarred?
Without Rodríguez and utility participant Dylan Moore (10-day IL for again spasms), who has been Seattle’s subsequent possibility up in heart subject when Rodríguez is out of the lineup, the Mariners have introduced again former prime prospect Jarred Kelenic from Triple-A. He arrived in Seattle’s dugout after Sunday’s sport began and was instantly despatched out to heart. He went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts on the plate within the sport, his first within the massive leagues since May 11.
What ought to followers anticipate this time round from Kelenic?
“I do not know. I’ve numerous hope for Kelenic,” Drayer mentioned. “I had heard that, (and) numerous us have been considering, that he was going to be down there (in Triple-A) for a while. And to me, I believed the one manner you see him is that if Julio hits the IL, and lo and behold, Julio hits the IL. In speaking to some who’ve watched him over the past month, there are nonetheless holes in that swing, nevertheless it does sound like there has additionally been numerous progress in numerous areas. So I’m hoping that a few of these holes you see closed, I’m hoping you see just a little bit extra of a two-strike strategy.”
Drayer mentioned she did not put an excessive amount of inventory into Kelenic’s tough exhibiting offensively Sunday due to the hectic journey state of affairs it took to get him to Houston, which included a 6 am flight out of Seattle, and she or he added that this presents a chance related to catcher Cal Raleigh, who discovered his footing after a quick Triple-A stint earlier this yr when beginning Mariners catcher Tom Murphy suffered a season-ending shoulder damage.
“You hope that now that he is going to have this little runway, he does play each sport so… possibly you do catch just a little little bit of lightning in a bottle. Maybe it’s a Cal Raleigh state of affairs the place ‘We’re throwing you in there, we’re relying on you proper now,’ and also you see the step up.”
The pleasure about Castillo
Shannon supplied a have a look at the Mariners’ response to the Castillo commerce in her newest piece for SeattleSports.com on Saturday, however she added one additional nugget value understanding whereas speaking to Salk.
This comes from Jesse Winker, Seattle’s left fielder who performed alongside Castillo (as did third baseman Eugenio Suárez) with the Reds from 2017 till this yr.
“There was undoubtedly a superb quantity of pleasure in that transfer,” Drayer mentioned. “The factor that jumped out to me that Jesse Winker mentioned that I actually favored, he mentioned yearly this man got here again from the offseason, he was even higher. He simply retains enhancing.”
That helped get the message throughout to the Mariners’ clubhouse simply how critical the entrance workplace is about serving to the crew make the playoffs this season.
“This is one thing we have waited for for therefore lengthy. I imply, what number of commerce deadlines has that clubhouse been ready for that massive transfer? And whether or not or not it was applicable on the time, they did not see it. Well, they noticed it this time, and I believe that there was undoubtedly appreciation.”
What can the Mariners nonetheless commerce for?
OK, so the M’s made one massive transfer earlier than the commerce deadline. Will they’ve any extra earlier than Tuesday afternoon?
Salk requested Drayer if a bat or a reliever may very well be within the playing cards. Her response:
“Well, I hope that we see each. I’m not as involved about the handedness of the reliever however I do suppose in the previous few days, and even popping out of the (All-Star) break, you have seen that as robust as they appear in an space just like the bullpen, it did not take an excessive amount of (to not look as robust). You lose (Diego) Castillo (to the IL) and now look what occurs. And you look out on the outfield, and, properly, ‘Where are they gonna put everyone?’ And you discover out, properly, you are not going to see Kyle Lewis on the market very a lot. And when do you see Mitch Haniger, and the way a lot can he play on the market? And Jesse Winker has not been the Jesse Winker that we noticed a month in the past, he has sort of fallen again to what we noticed earlier (within the season).”
At what place might Seattle use a bat?
“I would like to see one other outfielder,” Drayer mentioned. “I know there’s been numerous discuss about you possibly can do one thing at second base, however Adam Frazier has actually picked it up over the past month and is exhibiting some consistency. I believe the larger want proper now’s to get that bat probably within the outfield.”
Offense is not the one concern when it comes to outfielders, both.
“I believe one other factor that you just actually have to think about is the protection that you are going to see on the market, too. When you are coming down the stretch once you get into essential video games, if you happen to’re within the postseason, who’s your defensive substitute on the market? Because defensively there are going to be limitations in that outfield, and the way do you cowl that? And (the commerce deadline) is the final likelihood to (add gamers) from the skin, so I would really like to see them be aggressive each within the aid market and in bringing in a bat. And to me, I believe that nearly wants to be outfield.”
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