Despite what your body clock says, this is indeed Saturday.
In Mariners news...
- The Mariners optioned four players to AAA-Tacoma yesterday: INFs Donavan Walton and Patrick Wisdom, as well as RHPs Zac Grotz and Taylor Williams.
- They also released likable RHP reliever Sam Tuivailala. Despite good results last year, Tuivailala was reportedly 85-87 mph on his fastball this spring and clearly not at full strength.
- Something to keep an eye out for on FanGraphs.
Putting together this week's Sunday Notes column, and I think I'll lead with Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic.— David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA) March 20, 2020
- The Mariners rank 3rd in Baseball Prospectus’ farm system rankings.
Around the league...
- The Red Sox appear to know of MLB’s ruling in their involvement with sign-stealing cheating and disagree with the ruling, per reporting by Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic.
- The Oakland A’s are hiring out the announcers for your home baseball videos.
Your home videos narrated by our broadcasters!— Oakland A's (@Athletics) March 20, 2020
Send us a video of your fam passing time with baseball, whether that's a mini living room game or BP in the backyard, and our broadcasters will record play-by-play of your clip for a highlight package to be released next week! pic.twitter.com/iqKCd6D8Wk
- Would you want to live inside a ballpark? Michael Clair of MLB looks at a place where that’s a possibility.
- Former Mariners righty Ryan Weber will likely have a rotation role in the absence of Chris Sale in Boston.
- Two Padres RHPs, Reggie Lawson and Andres Munoz, will undergo Tommy John surgery.
The #Padres have announced that RHP’s Reggie Lawson and Andres Muñoz underwent successful ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery (Tommy John) today on their right elbows.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 20, 2020
- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a list of new baseball books to keep your spirits up as the season’s delay drags on.
- NCAA D-II spring athletes will receive a full extra season of eligibility, after their seasons were cut short. D-I has yet to rule on their handling of the situation.
- It seems like Aaron Judge is recovering, though his injuries were more serious than initially known. He had, in addition to his fractured rib, a partially collapsed lung.
Aaron Judge said that his CT scan showed “slight improvement” and he will have another test in a couple of weeks. Judge also said that his pneumothorax (which was previously undisclosed) is “completely gone,” so he can fly if necessary.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 20, 2020
- With scout-averse Jeff Luhnow out, new Astros GM James Click is leaning into a more balanced approach in hiring scouts.
New Astros GM James Click is bringing some of the Rays process to Houston. Houston has the fewest scouts in the league while Tampa Bay is more traditional in terms of scouting staff. Houston has job listings for 5 scouts and 2 scouting analysts up: https://t.co/SoU7L9P2uX— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) March 20, 2020