Preview the opposition: Seattle Mariners

BY foxsports • April 8, 2011


An MRI taken on the right knee of catcher Adam Moore contained some bad news for the Mariners on Thursday.

Moore suffered a torn meniscus while playing defense Wednesday in Texas, and he will need surgery.

As the Mariners only have one other catcher, Miguel Olivo, on the 40-man roster, Seattle will have to make a move before Friday's home opener against the Indians.

The Mariners have a couple of veteran catchers at Class AAA Tacoma, Josh Bard and Chris Gimenez, who could fill in. The announcement of a replacement should be made Friday, and Bard, who spent time with Seattle last year, is thought to be the likely candidate to be promoted.

To add either catcher, the Mariners will have to clear a space on the 40-man roster. If Moore is going to be out six weeks or more, it's likely that he will be put on the 60-day disabled list, at which point he wouldn't be counted against the 40-man limit.

Surgery for Moore has yet to be scheduled, but he's likely to be out a minimum of four weeks and likely closer to eight weeks.

NOTES, QUOTES

--C Adam Moore had an MRI on his right knee Thursday, and it was discovered that he needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The surgery hasn't been scheduled, but Moore is likely to be out a month or two.

--C Josh Bard and C Chris Gimenez both were scheduled to start the season at Class AAA Tacoma. However, with the injury to C Adam Moore (torn meniscus), one of the two likely will be promoted to the big-league team Friday.

--3B Chone Figgins had a great spring, but the first week of the regular season has proven to be much like the start of last year. In his first six games last year, Figgins hit just .190 (4-for-21), but this time he's at .120 (3-for-25).

--LF Milton Bradley is off to a hot start, having hit safely in five of the first six Seattle games. Bradley is batting .333 with a .385 on-base percentage and a .458 slugging percentage.

--RF Ichiro Suzuki opened the season strong with five hits in his first 15 at-bats. However, he hasn't gotten a hit in his last eight at-bats, and his average has fallen to .261.
  
BY THE NUMBERS: 2. The number of players lost to injury Wednesday -- 2B Jack Wilson and backup C Adam Moore both had to be taken out of the game.
  
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We are creating opportunities, but we need to find a way to finish off innings." -- Manager Eric Wedge.

ROSTER REPORT
  
MEDICAL WATCH:

  
--C Adam Moore (torn meniscus in right knee) was hurt April 6, and he will need surgery. He will be out until at least early May.
  
--2B Jack Wilson (dizziness) left the April 6 game. He is day-to-day.
  
--LHP Nate Robertson (minor left elbow surgery in March 2011) is expected to be out until at least late April. He is not on the disabled list, as he was in camp as a non-roster player.
  
--CF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach ailment) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He might begin a minor league rehab assignment during the weekend of April 8-10, but there is no timetable for his return to the majors.
  
--RHP David Aardsma (left hip surgery in January 2011) had a torn labrum repaired, and the damage was more extensive than expected. He went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He hopes to be back by early May, but June might be likely.
  
--3B Matt Mangini (right quadriceps strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. The timetable for his return was unknown.
  
--RHP Shawn Kelley (right elbow surgery in September 2010) went on the 60-day disabled list March 30. He hopes to return at midseason.
  
--LHP Mauricio Robles (left elbow surgery in March 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 30. The timetable for his return was unknown.
 
ROTATION:

• RHP Felix Hernandez
• LHP Jason Vargas
• RHP Doug Fister
• LHP Erik Bedard
• RHP Michael Pineda
 
BULLPEN:
  
• RHP Brandon League (closer)   
• RHP Chris Ray
• RHP Jamey Wright
• RHP David Pauley
• RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
• LHP Aaron Laffey
• RHP Josh Lueke
  
CATCHERS:

• Miguel Olivo
• Adam Moore

INFIELDERS:

• 1B Justin Smoak
• 2B Jack Wilson
• SS Brendan Ryan
• 3B Chone Figgins
• DH Jack Cust
• INF Adam Kennedy
• INF Luis Rodriguez
  
OUTFIELDERS:

• LF Milton Bradley
• CF Ryan Langerhans
• RF Ichiro Suzuki
• OF Michael Saunders


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