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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Via Greg Johns, the Mariners beat reporter for MLB.com …
Smoak had been dealing with soreness in his quad for over a week and the Mariners could no longer play a man short. Willie Bloomquist was filling in at first base for the M’s. Now that job falls to Morrison, who is making his first start since April 14 on Wednesday against the Yankees. He returns to a .150 batting average and .377 OPS. Smoak was hitting just .208/.282/.361. First base remains a mess in Seattle.
Robinson Cano is back in the Mariners’ starting lineup tonight after missing the past four games with a stomach virus followed by a bruised hand. And what do you know? They’re playing the Yankees, in New York.
Cano’s lack of power has drawn some headlines two months into a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners, but looking beyond his two home runs he’s hit .327 with a .371 on-base percentage. Combined during his final five seasons with the Yankees he hit .314 with a .369 on-base percentage.
One interesting note about Cano’s four-game absence: Seattle initially turned to last year’s starting second baseman, Nick Franklin, to fill in, but then went with veteran utility man Willie Bloomquist for the past two games. Franklin has hit just .128 with an ugly 21/3 K/BB ratio since being called up from Triple-A.