Mariners utility man Willie Bloomquist is expected to miss at least one month and possibly the remainder of the season following arthroscopic right knee surgery.
Bloomquist suffered the injury on July 23 and has made some progress with the rest and rehab route, but told Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times that “even mentioning the word ‘jog’ or ‘run’ just hurts, so obviously something isn’t right.”
Bloomquist has done his usual thing at age 36, playing all over the diamond defensively and offering little offensively, hitting .278 with one homer and a .643 OPS in 47 games. He’s under contract for $3 million next season as part of a two-year, $5.8 million deal.
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Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.
Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.
At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.