It’s our last Mariners game before the All-Star Break, and it’s a fun one with Seattle looking to put the finishing touches on a series sweep against the Angels.
As if the potential for the M’s to sweep today wasn’t enough of a reason to tune in on this Sunday afternoon, the organization surprised many by officially activating catcher Cal Raleigh for today’s contest.
Mariners roster moves:— Mariners PR (@MarinersPR) July 11, 2021
Cal Raleigh, C, selected from Tacoma
Donovan Walton, INF, recalled from Tacoma
Taylor Trammell, OF, optioned to Tacoma
Yusei Kikuchi, LHP, placed on IL
If this is your first time hearing about the kid, Raleigh is a 24-year-old former third round draft pick by the Mariners in 2018. He’s been pretty much bashing the door down in Tacoma this year, hitting .324/.377/.608 with nine homers in 44 games. The Mariners are likely going to give him a good deal of playing time over the next several months as they continue to sort through their logjam at the catching position.
Walton also comes up to help the M’s infield depth while Kyle Seager deals with a bone bruise.
Before you panic about Yusei Kikuchi, Ryan Divish has some more information on his IL placement.
Ok. Before people freak out … MLB sources said that Kikuchi has been placed on the COVID IL after showing a symptom the other day. He is vaccinated and has already passed a negative test. If he passes another test today, which they expect, he will be cleared for All-Star game https://t.co/y7Ys5QFpv6— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 11, 2021
With Taylor Trammell, seeing him go down again is a major bummer. Here’s to hoping he can continue to work things out in Tacoma and come back up later in the year showing more consistency offensively. Remember, he’s only 23 years old and the depth at the position in the system takes a lot of pressure off of him to develop right away.
With all of that established, here are today’s lineup.
Making his MLB debut and in the lineup... Cal Raleigh! #SeaUsRise pic.twitter.com/CnddCnOqnh— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) July 11, 2021
And for the Angels.
Last one before the break.— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 11, 2021
Today’s game will be broadcast on TV on ROOT Sports and on the radio at 710 ESPN Seattle. First pitch is slated for 1:10 pm. Let’s get this sweep, babyyy.