To those of you in the U.S., enjoy a safe and hopefully satisfying July 4th!
In Mariners news:
- Seattle is scraping up more Triple-A pitching depth, signing 29 year old RHP Shane Carle to a minor league deal. Carle is far from uninteresting, with decent numbers in 76.1 career innings in MLB.
Mariners have signed reliever Shane Carle and assigned him to Tacoma. Had a strong year in the Atlanta bullpen in 2018; was with Louisville (CIN) this year until very recently.— Mike Curto (@CurtoWorld) July 3, 2021
- Some national love for Scott Servais:
- Hector Santiago is trying to keep the umps off his case, ordering a new glove online after being forced to ditch his previous one for an unsatisfactory color scheme. His journey of relatability continues.
Santiago said he was uncomfortable asking other teammates to use their gloves because of how much he sweats and not wanting to mess up shaping or fit.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 3, 2021
- You might recognize this byline if you’ve spent some time in the comment sections here: Ryan Blake wrote a great breakdown of how J.P. Crawford’s improvement has come from getting better at doing what he’s always done.
- Good company so far for Jake Fraley.
Some context on what we've seen from Jake Fraley so far. AL wRC+ (100+ PA)— Gary Hill Jr. (@GaryHillJr) July 3, 2021
1. Buxton 215
2. Guerrero Jr. 195
3. Trout 191
4. Ohtani 181
5. Fraley 175
Around the league:
- The Angels optioned struggling young RHP Griffin Canning in a somewhat surprising move on the heels of moving floundering RHP Dylan Bundy to the bullpen.
- Puerto Rican baseball legend Saturnino “Nino” Escalera passed away at the age of 91. The Puerto Rico Baseball Hall of Famer and longtime scout was, among many other things, the first Black player to play in a Major League game for the Cincinnati Reds, debuting in 1954.
- Diamondbacks RHP Zac Gallen left the game early today with a hamstring injury, building on a troublesome trend of lower body injuries for pitchers.
Re: Zac Gallen's hamstring injury today. @Cran_Boy and I covered the surge in upper leg injuries for pitchers in today's piece. Almost triple the pitcher related upper leg injuries experienced in 2019 to this point in the season. https://t.co/ZmtjqjQ1je pic.twitter.com/Q4ipbGdRWM— Derek Rhoads (@drhoa3) July 3, 2021
- Slugger Kyle Schwarber has been a godsend for the Washington Nationals, however he’s likely to miss significant time with a hamstring injury of his own.
- Tampa Bay Rays OF Brett Phillips got the call in a blowout and did not disappoint.
Brett Phillips first career pitching appearances was everything you could have hoped for— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) July 3, 2021
Tipping pitches, a sprint to the mound, great bullpen work, a 94 MPH pitch, the rest mid-40s, a balk, swinging strikes and more! pic.twitter.com/shEfbnp5Kg
- He then broke down his delightful pitching debut.
The world doesn't deserve Brett Phillips pic.twitter.com/ZJunN8Xvet— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) July 3, 2021
- Apparently the Nats are working on a trade to bring somehow-not-retired SS Alcides Escobar from the Royals to Washington.
- Miami and Tampa made an intrastate trade, with Miami acquiring RHP David Hess for RHP prospect Justin Sterner and cash.
- Former M’s reliever LHP Sam Moll is back in the bigs, called up by Oakland.
- Potential Mariners free agent target Lance Lynn is having an exceptional year, and makes no bones about what helps him succeed late into games.
I asked Lance Lynn how he knows when he can throw that many pitches.— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) July 3, 2021
"I'm a big bastard," he said. "That's how I know."
I had no followup.
- Good on ya, Christian Yelich.
- Mets LHP and U of O standout David Peterson will likely miss two months with an oblique strain, thinning New York’s rotation.
- Joe Beimel’s comeback continues!
Joe Beimel got the save for San Antonio tonight.— Ryan Payne (@RyanPayne32) July 3, 2021
- Run while you can.