Last offseason Willie Bloomquist returned to Seattle for a second stint with the Mariners, signing a two-year, $5.8 million deal that seemed like a clear over-pay for a 36-year-old, career-long utility man.
He hit like his usual self in a part-time role last season, posting a .643 OPS while missing time with a knee injury, but after batting .159 in 35 games this season the Mariners decided to cut bait. Bloomquist has been designated for assignment to make room for Chris Taylor’s return from Triple-A.
This is the 14th season in which Bloomquist has spent at least some time in the majors, which is amazing considering he’s a career .269 hitter with a .658 OPS who received more than 350 plate appearances just twice (2009, 2011) and never cracked a .750 OPS.
Given how well-liked Bloomquist seemed to be by both teammates and media members a career in coaching or broadcasting probably awaits him, but it’s possible he’ll try to latch on somewhere at Triple-A to keep playing.
Update (9:31 PM EST): Cano does not have a concussion, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. He’s day-to-day with a contusion on his forehead.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was hit in the head with an errant warmup throw from an Angels infielder before the start of the bottom of the seventh inning of Saturday’s road game against the Angels. He was standing against the railing in the dugout at the time. With a big knot on his forehead, Cano was lifted from the game and replaced at second base by Willie Bloomquist.
On Twitter, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM KIRO said that Cano looked “very shaky” as he was being examined by the team trainer in the dugout. Cano is undergoing concussion protocol, Drayer notes, and the Mariners will proceed from there.
Cano was 0-for-3 on the evening before departing. He has yet to gather any momentum this season, currently batting .244/.281/.352 with four home runs and 24 RBI in 303 plate appearances.
Mariners utilityman Willie Bloomquist tweeted that he has been given the thumbs-up from his doctor to do some light jogging when the calendar flips to January. Bloomquist underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in August.
Bloomquist is expected to be ready for spring training. The 37-year-old veteran is entering the final year of his two-year, $5.8 million contract with the Mariners. Bloomquist batted .278/.297/.346 in 139 plate appearances leading up to his injury.