Some suspicion was raised by 1B/DH Dan Vogelbach’s absence from Tacoma’s lineup last night, assuming he was either traded or being promoted, and now we’ve got an answer.
The addition of Vogelbach, who was leading the PCL in OBP (.456) and OPS (1.038) at the time of his promotion, could potentially look a little different than his last stints with the club when he was recalled for five and six days, receiving just six and two at-bats respectively. With everyday first baseman Ryon Healy’s struggling to a 41 wRC+ in July and now having dethroned Andrew Romine for the leadin negative fWAR at -0.5 and Vogelbach surging—he’s slashing .393/.507/.607 with matching BB% and K%’s at 18.8%—could be in line for an extended opportunity.
Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times added that a position player could just be up for a one-day stint with RHP Felix Hernandez scheduled to start tomorrow vs. the White Sox, but currently still on the disabled list, with Andreoli seeming like the obvious candidate. A start at first base tonight for Vogelbach against Chicago right-hander James Shields could indicate a changing of guard at the position, as Healy has actually been better against RHP’s (105 wRC+) than he has facing LHP’s (75 wRC+) this year.
Morin is ticketed back to Tacoma after making three appearances with the Mariners, surrendering three earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six.