M's Hit the Halfway Mark

M's Hit the Halfway Mark

The Mariners made it halfway through their season in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Kansas City. And in those 81 games, the Mariners have put pitcher after pitcher after pitcher on the disabled list.

So far, however, not one position player has had to be disabled. But that doesn't mean the Mariners haven't had to deal with injuries. Seattle opted against dipping into the minor leagues for position player help Tuesday and Wednesday, which meant it played extremely shorthanded.

First baseman Richie Sexson, who took a line drive off his thumb Monday, didn't play Tuesday or Wednesday, and it's up in the air if he'll be ready to play in Oakland Thursday.

Catcher Kenji Johjima took a ball off his right hand Tuesday and suffered a contusion on his first metacarpal. He wasn't available Wednesday and is 50-50 to be available Thursday. The club played with just one catcher, Jamie Burke, Wednesday.

Left fielder Raul Ibanez is still dealing with a hamstring problem. He was supposed to play in the field Wednesday, but after a rainstorm hit Kauffman Stadium, the club didn't want to risk aggravating the injury, so he was moved to DH.

MARINERS 4, ROYALS 0: LHP Jarrod Washburn, who'd failed in two attempts earlier this year to win three games in succession, finally made it after the Mariners gave him a 4-0 first-inning lead that was enough to put away Kansas City and salvage one of the three games against the Royals.

Washburn won back-to-back starts April 25 and May 1, then again May 22 and 27, but couldn't make it three in a row until Wednesday, when he improved to 8-4 against the Royals in his career and to 8-6 overall this year.

He pitched eight innings, allowing five hits and one walk. One of the hits and the walk came in the ninth inning, and RHP J.J. Putz closed it out for his 24th save.

NOTES, QUOTES

--1B Richie Sexson wasn't in the lineup Tuesday or Wednesday and probably will miss a day or two more with a sore right thumb after getting hit by a line drive late in Monday's game. He's wearing a small black cast on his right hand.

--C Kenji Johjima was taken out of Tuesday's game with a freak injury when a ball deflected off Kansas City batter Mark Teahen and hit Johjima on his unprotected right hand. The ball hit a screw on a small metal plate that was inserted into Johjima's hand seven years ago. Johjima had an X-ray for what was termed a contusion of the first metacarpal (knuckle) of his right hand. He's listed as day-to-day, but he could be available to play Thursday.

--LHP Ryan Feierabend will get at least one more start, but after that, LHP Horacio Ramirez or RHP Cha Seung Baek, both now on the DL, could take his place. Feierabend gave up 10 runs Tuesday in Kansas City and couldn't get out of the second inning.

--LF Raul Ibanez was in Wednesday's original lineup as the left fielder, but when the rains came down at Kauffman Stadium, that got switched with Ben Broussard going to left field and DH Jose Vidro filling in at first base. The Mariners don't want to test Ibanez's sore hamstring on a wet surface, but he could be back in left field come Thursday in Oakland.

--DH Jose Vidro, who had gotten a little playing time at second base but otherwise hadn't played on defense, got his first start of the season at first base Tuesday in place of 1B Richie Sexson, who is on the bench with a sore thumb.

--Gary Thurman, who was the club's minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator, is the club's new first base coach, a position he will take over Thursday. Johnny Moses, who had been traveling with the club as an extra coach and batting practice pitcher, filled in Monday through Wednesday at first base.

--RHP Mark Lowe, who hasn't pitched since last August and who has had two elbow surgeries, started an injury rehabilitation assignment with Class AAA Tacoma on Tuesday. He faced just three hitters, throwing 14 pitches (10 strikes). He could rejoin the club after the All-Star break.

--RHP Chris Reitsma, who could be activated this weekend in Oakland, pitched two perfect innings Tuesday for Class AAA Tacoma. He threw 20 pitches, 14 for strikes.

--RHP Jon Huber threw on the side Tuesday, and the club could decide Thursday if he needs to go out on an injury rehabilitation assignment or if he can be activated immediately. He hasn't pitched in a game since June 7.

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