#Mariners recall OF Guillermo Heredia from AAA Tacoma; place RHP Drew Storen on the 15-day DL (retro to 8/20) w/right shoulder inflammation.— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) August 22, 2016
There's no way to know if the Mariners had already planned to call up Heredia prior to last night's ninth inning defensive tragicomedy, but this move serves as a balm both for the team, and for its fans, who had not expected to see the 2013 Mariners appear again so soon.
It's a bit of an interesting move to not pull up another reliever, particularly given the state of the bullpen right now, but I think that speaks more to the dearth of good arms in Tacoma (miss you, Blake Parker!) than the value assigned to Heredia. He'll most likely be used as a late inning substitution, and if he starts it will be primarily to give one of the regulars a break, as evidenced by the lineups for tonight, which features Norichika Aoki once again hitting lead off this evening, and taking full advantage of baseball's move-on-or-eternally-suffer 162 game season. However, before we move on from yesterday, let's take a moment to revel in Staff Genius Erick Blankenship's groundbreaking SnarkCast
.@Aoki_Dokey - Wow!!! 2.23 inches!!! #Spiderman #HamsterRocket #MothMissle #Why #Statcast pic.twitter.com/UNApvSe1Gk— Eric Blankenship (@FGChoo) August 22, 2016
Okay, excellent, now we can move on.
In terms of the news about Drew Storen I cannot, unfortunately, offer any reassurances about the state of his shoulder, but can definitely say he will either recover soon and be back to his relatively competent self, or his velocity will continue to be down and we will continue to not breathe during the innings he pitches. If you'd like to feel considerably better about a recently-shaky bullpen, Tony Zych has had some excellent rehab starts and will also likely be back on the team once rosters expand, if not sooner.
Tony Zych with another sharp rehab outing - one perfect inning, two strikeouts. Once he goes back-to-back days he'll probably be ready.— Mike Curto (@CurtoWorld) August 21, 2016
Here's hoping tonight is better than yesterday. Goms, gobiz, etc.