How Julio Rodriguez impressed Mariners legend Mike Cameron at CF
Lewis was revitalized by Seattle on Friday afternoon after about two months on the concussion list. This came after starting the year at IL with a knee injury. Lewis played in just four matches before suffering a concussion and hitting twice at home.
But Julio Rodriguez was scratched moments before the start of the match. Before his first pitch show, he was part of a field celebration to celebrate his 2022 All-Star berth. He also got his ceremonial pitch one from Seattle great Mike Cameron. The team later announced that Rodriguez had scrapes from left wrist pain.
Not only is Lewis in the first-team lineup of the three against the West’s leading Astros, but he is set to play on the field for the first time since his meniscus ruptured early last season.
Ahead of Friday’s game, coach Scott Service told reporters that Lewis wouldn’t play every day or be on the field every day to start, but would play on the field two to three days a week while on some days mixing in a particular hitter.
“We’re glad he’s back and eager to see him there. Everyone knows what kind of talent Kyle has and he’s lengthening our squad, he really knows it,” said Service.
JP Crawford, SS
T France, 1 b
Jesse Winker, LF
Carlos Santana, Dr.
Eugenio Suarez, 3 b
Kyle Lewis, RF
Cal Raleigh, C
Adam Fraser, 2 b
Dylan Moore, CF
Marco Gonzalez, SP
Jose Altove, 2 b
Jeremy Peña, SS
Jordan Alvarez, Dr
Alex Bergman, 3 b
Kyle Tucker, RF
Yuli Grill, 1 b
Aledmys Díaz, LF
Jake Myers, CF
Martin Maldonado, C
Jose Orchidi, SP
• To make way for Lewis on the MLB roster, the Mariners released veteran defensive player Justin Upton. Servais was pretty free for Upton’s time in Seattle.
“I personally called Justin Upton last night. Justin Upton added a lot to our team and did not appear in the penalty area or in the stats line.” “He joined our team at a point when we were struggling.”
Service said Upton and Santana have added many more seasoned players to the Mariners’ club.
“Bring the veteran players to help our guys sort of and talk about the game and change the tone of the conversations mid-game, in the pre-match meetings and being in our club where there are the younger players — and not (just) the young players, but the players have been a little bit around — to go to them and ask them questions Really worth it, said Service, as I told him last night.
• Right-hander Mitch Hanegger, who has played only nine games this year, began his rehab job on Friday with High-A Everett as he looks to come back from an ankle injury that has kept him out of action since April. Service said there is still no timetable for his return to the MLB club.
“We just have to wait and see how he responds and feels,” Service said. “It has been a long time since Mitch Hanegger played in a game. If you see him at (the club) today, he is excited to get out and play.”