Kyle Lewis started at designated hitter last night, going 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. This marked the first time that Lewis has played in three straight games since starting his rehabilitation assignment.
Lewis’s 20-day rehabilitation assignment ends on Monday. The Mariners can then either activate him from the injured list, or shut him down for a couple days and then start a second 20-day rehabilitation assignment.
It all comes down to if Jerry Dipoto and Scott Servais want to use a roster spot on a part time designated hitter. Lewis has only played outfield one time on this rehab assignment, and it was back on May 4 when he played left field for seven innings and then needed three days off afterwards. I think we can safely say the outfield is out of the question for now.
Lewis has shown that he can hit (.324-3-12 in nine games for Tacoma), and the Mariners need offense, so the part time DH role is in play for him. Expect a Mariners decision when the team returns home from Boston on Monday – which, coincidentally, is when the Rainiers return home from Sacramento.
YESTERDAY: Tacoma hit three homers, connected for 12 hits, and drew 12 walks while striking out a season-high 19 times in an 11-0 win at Sacramento on Thursday. A weird mix, yes. Five pitchers combined to hurl a three-hit shutout. Starter Tommy Milone faced the minimum over five one-hit innings, earning his first win of the season.
TODAY: Tacoma Rainiers (13-26) at Sacramento River Cats (19-20), 6:45
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Francisco Giants.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Dave Brundage.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 2-1.
PITCHERS: RHP Konner Wade (0-0, 4.50) at RHP Tristan Beck (0-1, 13.11)
ROSTER MOVES: Reliever Roenis Elias is expected to report to the Rainiers today. We could have additional moves before game time.
HOT HITTERS: Sam Haggerty has reached base safely in 13 straight games, and he has a five-game hitting streak… Marcus Wilson has homered three times during his last six games, and he has reached base in seven straight games… Joe Odom has a four-game hitting streak.
OPPONENT NEWS: Sacramento just split a six-game series at El Paso, 3-3… Austin Dean hit three solo homers on Sunday, tying a River Cats record… Isan Diaz hit four homers during the six games at El Paso… David Villar also homered four times at El Paso; he leads the league with 13 home runs, but only three have come in home games… former Rainiers from this season Donovan Walton, Kevin Padlo, and Stuart Fairchild are all expected to play for Sacramento in this series.
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Unfortunately, there is no traditional terrestrial radio station carrying the games at this time.
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