Ryan out with bruised elbow for third straight day
Brendan Ryan is out of the lineup for a third straight game Tuesday as he continues dealing with a bruised left elbow after getting hit with a Hideki Kuroda fastball in Saturday’s game at Yankee Stadium.
Munenori Kawasaki gets the start again in today’s 4:05 p.m. PT game at Camden Yards. Kawasaki went 2-for-3 and drove in a run in Monday’s 3-1 loss, but made a bad baserunning decision when he tried taking second on his RBI single and got cut down for the first out of the eighth.
Kawasaki is a solid defender, but he’s not Ryan with the glove, so I’m sure the Mariners would like to get their starter back in as soon as possible.
With Baltimore throwing lefty Zach Britton today, manager Eric Wedge is trying to get as many right-handers in the lineup as possible. The Mariners are already left-handed heavy and missing Ryan doesn’t help.
Miguel Olivo gets the start behind the plate and switch-hitting Trayvon Robinson replaces left-handed hitting Eric Thames in the outfield today.
This game could be a chance for Seattle to revive its offense, which has scored just seven runs in the first four games on this road trip. The Mariners have been a good road-hitting club this year though and today face Britton, who gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Yankees in his last start.
He’s pitched four games since coming off the disabled list and is fighting to keep his spot in the rotation.
Blake Beavan gets the start on the hill for the Mariners. The Orioles are the only American League team he’s yet to face and the youngster said he’ll rely on his normal first-time tactic, which is to aggressively go after hitters early and then adjust as the game goes along.
Beavan has been very good since getting recalled from Tacoma on July 17, going 4-0 with a 3.18 ERA and 18 strikeouts with one walk in 28 1/3 innings.
On the fatherhood front, closer Tom Wilhelmsen is still with the team as he continues waiting word from his expectatant wife back in Seattle. And Mike Carp is presumably more rested than yesterday when he flew in just before the game after zipping to California to see his new-born daughter, Calais.
Here’s my story from last night on Carp’s crazy two days.
And here’s today’s lineup against Britton (1-1, 8.35 ERA):
Dustin Ackley 2B
Trayvon Robinson LF
Michael Saunders CF
Jesus Montero DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Casper Wells RF
Mike Carp 1B
Miguel Olivo C
Munenori Kawaski SS
Blake Beavan RHP