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Mariners Moose Tracks 7/4/22: Kyle Lewis, Austin Barnes, and Joey Chestnut

Long weekends are just the best, and are even better with good Kyle Lewis news!

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Good morning, folks! Regardless of your plans (or lack thereof) for the 4th, I hope you are enjoying the long weekend. Let’s get underway with some holiday links.

In Mariners news:

  • The news we’ve all once again been waiting for: Kyle Lewis started his second rehab assignment with Tacoma last night. K-Lew went 0-1 with a walk as the Rainiers’ DH before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning, but frankly, any sign of life is a welcome development. I do remain skeptical that he’ll see time in the field, though.
  • Ty France is eligible to come off the injured list today, but Jen Mueller reported that the earliest he’ll be back is an “outside shot” at this weekend against the Blue Jays. Me personally, I’d rather they hold off until after the All-Star Break, but I’m sure Ty is eager to get back on the field and continue his excellent season.
  • This is more in the “ex-Mariners news” category, but per his own Instagram, Joey Gerber underwent Tommy John surgery. The righty’s career has been devastated by injuries the last two years, so here’s hoping this is the last one for a while, even if it’s a doozy.
  • Let’s relive this just one more time, shall we?

In baseball news...

  • Catcher Austin Barnes and the Dodgers agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract extension. The longtime LA backstop was set to hit free agency after this season.
  • The Angels had the TOOTBLAN to end all TOOTBLANS yesterday before falling to the Astros 4-2, putting them another game behind the Mariners. This one needs to be seen to be believed.
  • The Angels weren’t alone in being the victim of a wacky play: the caption on this Mets sequence says it all.
  • In a move to bolster their perpetually beleaguered pitching depth, the Angels also struck a deal with Atlanta, acquiring former top prospect Touki Toussaint for cash considerations. Former Mariner Jack Mayfield was designated for assignment to make room on Anaheim’s 40-man roster (Bring him home? (No.)).

Connor’s Picks:

  • Joey Chestnut is back to defend his fourteenth title at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest today, but this year he’ll have another challenge to overcome: due to a ruptured tendon, he’ll be competing in crutches. Godspeed, Joey.
  • Formerly a PlayStation exclusive, God of War (2018) was ported to PC back in January, opening the door for all sorts of mods. Some are the expected quality of life or graphical improvements, but others... well, just take a look: