Nick Franklin lost his starting job at second base when the Mariners signed Robinson Cano and then failed to beat out Brad Miller in a spring training shortstop competition. That led to a demotion to Triple-A, but he crushed Pacific Coast League pitching to earn a quick call-up … and now he’s starting in right field today.
It’s the first time in Franklin’s entire professional career, majors or minors, that he’s started somewhere other than shortstop or second base and he’s logged a grand total of two innings as an outfielder.
He’s getting a chance in the outfield largely because of Logan Morrison’s hamstring injury, but if Franklin hits well it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Mariners give him an extended look. If nothing else it would be a way to showcase his bat for a potential trade to a team that still views the 23-year-old as a long-term solution in the middle infield.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.