As if things weren't going badly enough for Seattle:
Bedard, Gimenez head to disabled list
LARRY LARUE; Staff writer
Seattle – All major league teams like to talk about depth in their system, and the Seattle Mariners are testing theirs behind the plate – where they have now gone five deep.
Miguel Olivo had a magnetic resonance imaging test on his left thigh and was unavailable to play Wednesday, and backup Chris Gimenez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a badly strained left oblique.
“I don’t know how he played the last four innings (Tuesday),” manager Eric Wedge of Gimenez, “but he’s going to miss significant time.”
The Mariners called up both of Tacoma’s catchers, Josh Bard and Jose Yepez, and while Gimenez cleared one spot for them, Seattle added lefty Erik Bedard to the 15-day DL to make room for the other.
“Erik was going to deal with a strained knee, regardless,” Wedge said, though no one mentioned Bedard’s injury after his Monday start.
With all that, the Mariners had to make two more moves, clearing space on their 40-man roster for Bard and Yepez by designating Chaz Roe and Edwin Paredes for assignment.
Either can be claimed on waivers by any major league team interested.
Bard joined the team having batted .301 for the Rainiers this season, then went 2-for-4 against Atlanta.
ACKLEY KID ROLLING
Dustin Ackley’s eighth-inning home run Wednesday was his second, and continued a remarkable 12 games with the Mariners.
He’s not only batting .300 in those games, but he also has a double, two triples (and the two home runs), six RBI and seven runs scored.
“He’s aggressive up there, he works the count, knows what he’s looking for and goes after it when it comes,” Wedge said. “He’s done everything we could have hoped for.”
Before landing on the DL on Wednesday, Gimenez caught four innings with a strained oblique muscle on Tuesday, and if he was in the most pain, third baseman Adam Kennedy was the most worried.
Kennedy was the emergency catcher, and Gimenez was playing for Olivo, who had left the game earlier.
“Every time I came in the dugout, Adam looked like he was going to throw up,” Gimenez said. “I told him, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll get through this.’ ”
The problem was, Gimenez could not swing a bat – so Wedge ordered him not to try.
“What are you going to do?” Gimenez said. “Everybody is booing me and I’m thinking, ‘This is friggin’ great.’”
Kennedy was watching every move Gimenez made
Said Kennedy, shaking his head: “From the fifth inning on, I was in full panic mode. I was playing with a lot of anxiety.
“I’ve never caught, any level. In Minnesota, I warmed Brandon League up between innings once and I don’t know what I was thinking. He almost broke my thumb with his sinker.”
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