Good morning folks! Happy start to the standard work week. I hope you had a fun weekend watching the M’s swipe a series against the Indians. Today is an off day, but the M’s are returning home after a long road trip, so if you’re in the Seattle area you have the opportunity to catch a game! Let’s get you caught up on the latest from around the sport.
In Mariners news...
- Here’s a visually pleasing version of the M’s schedule and results from this season.
- We’ve got some bad news on the Hisashi Iwakuma front.
Hisashi Iwakuma threw just a handful of pitches in his sim game and then shut himself down, saying his shoulder didn’t feel right— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) April 29, 2018
Iwakuma will be shut down for at least a few days from throwing. Servais didn’t want to label it a setback right away, but the throwing progression has certainly been interrupted— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) April 29, 2018
- I will never get tired of the Dee Gordon/Jean Segura reporter shenanigans.
When someone says Kyle Seager isn't good. pic.twitter.com/fEZ5qQwYBg— Reporter Joe Veyera (@JoeVeyera) April 28, 2018
- It looks like we’ll be getting a first-hand look at Shohei Ohtani.
Shohei Ohtani will pitch this weekend in Seattle, according to Mike Scioscia.— Maria I. Guardado (@mi_guardado) April 30, 2018
Around the league...
- Francisco Rodriguez has signed with a team in the Atlantic League — the nation’s top independent league.
sources: K-Rod has an agreement to pitch for the Long Island Ducks and is on his way to L.I.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 29, 2018
- Did anyone tell you that Pablo Sandoval pitched this weekend? It was pretty nice. Here’s photo evidence, and also evidence that he doesn’t throw all that hard.
- The Brewers have called Wade Miley back up to Milwaukee.
- And despite this, the Phillies have still been pretty good this season.
- Like Fangraphs did last week, Buster Olney at ESPN discusses Mike Trout’s ability to keep improving despite how good he already is.
- Joe Panik is going to miss 6-8 weeks with the Giants thanks to a thumb injury.
- Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray left his start against the Nationals with a strained oblique, which could shelf him for multiple weeks.
- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sat star slugger Cody Bellinger because he wasn’t hustling.
- Salvador Perez was upset with White Sox infielder Tim Anderson for his home run celebration.
- Rob Mains at Baseball Prospectus says you shouldn’t expect ticket prices to become cheaper anytime soon.
- Sam Miller at ESPN wonders what baseball would look like if every team made the playoffs.
- Shout out to the Sanford family!