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Quick Notes from Divish

Our man in T-Town comes through with a pair of worthwhile tidbits.

1. The rotation after the break:

That is followed by an off day and Divish parrots Dave Cameron by mentioning that one of Vargas (probably) or Olson is likely headed to Tacoma with the other to the bullpen. Yay for another bench bat coming up shortly. Another interesting question is where Ryan Rowland-Smith fits in this whole mess. He was fantastic last night in Tacoma and reached 107 pitches, so he seems healthy. We have a logjam in the rotation now. Trade Wash. Do it.


Yuni Betancourt will be in Tacoma tonight to play with the Rainiers at Cheney Stadium. He will start at second base and play five innings. He'll play seven innings tomorrow at short and probably play another game at second base before the Mariners reevaluate his situation.

To manager Don Wakamatsu's knowledge, Betancourt has never played second base, but he thinks its necessary for versatility.

That is interesting to hear. It certainly reads as if Betancourt is by no means guaranteed his starting short stop job back after he returns from the disabled list.