With Mike Montgomery now wearing a Chicago Cubs uniform, and with Ketel Marte feeling kinda sick and staying at home instead of traveling to Toronto, the Mariners called up Luis Sardinas, the team announced earlier today.
#Mariners recall INF Luis Sardiñas from AAA Tacoma.— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) July 22, 2016
Sardinas has appeared sparingly in the big leagues thus far, with 66 plate appearances spread out over 25 games. His appearance on the big-league roster means that the M's are going with a short staff for the weekend, with 14 hitters and 11 pitchers comprising the 25 men wearing a Mariners uniform against the Blue Jays. The short staff likely won't be a huge burden, since this series is buffeted with off-days and thus should provide relievers more rest.
Assuming Marte's illness doesn't end up being serious, it figures that Sardinas will be sent down after Sunday's game against Toronto, with a reliever coming up to fill his spot shortly after. My money is on Charlie Furbush, as Monty's disappearance means the team could use another lefty in the 'pen and Furbush seems almost ready.
Charlie Furbush tonight in Tacoma:— Aaron Goldsmith (@aaronmgoldsmith) July 22, 2016
1.0 IP, H, BB, 13 pitches, 7 strikes
Should the team want to remain cautious with Furbush, David Rollins would be the most obvious lefty candidate to see time with the big club. But either way, unless Marte is sicker than we realize and he's forced to take a leave of absence on the DL, Sardinas should be a Tacoma Rainier once again after this quick Canadian tour. Until then, however, he's got himself three likely starts at shortstop.