Opponent: Texas Rangers
When: 5:05 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas
TV: FSN, all four games
Radio: ESPN 710 AM, all four games
Pitchers: Today — Seattle left-hander Garrett Olson (3-4, 5.37 earned run average) vs. left-hander Derek Holland (3-6, 6.13). Friday — Left-hander Jason Vargas (3-4, 4.39) vs. right-hander Vicente Padilla (7-5, 4.67). Saturday — Right-hander Felix Hernandez (11-4, 2.79) vs. right-hander Tommy Hunter (3-1, 2.00). Sunday — Left-hander Jarrod Washburn (8-6, 2.64) vs. right-hander Kevin Millwood (9-7, 3.39).
Trade shocks Cedeno
It was hard to find anyone in the Mariners’ clubhouse Wednesday morning who didn’t like the trade to bring shortstop Jack Wilson to Seattle. Unless, that is, the name was Ronny Cedeno.
Cedeno said he’d found a home with the Mariners like no other team he’s played with in his career, and now he faces two months with the last-place Pirates. He called the trade the biggest surprise of his pro career.
“I’m in shock,” Cedeno said. “I was on a very good team here and I was happy. We had everything here, coaches, manager, GM. Everybody was a great teammate. I’m sad. I wanted to be here all year. It’s hard for me. I’ve got two months left and now I’ve got to turn the page.”
Overall, the players were more than mildly enthused by the trade, especially because of the signal sent by the front office that nobody has given up on this season despite the Mariners’ recent four-game losing streak and a 71/2-game deficit to the first-place Angels in the American League West.
“It shows that (GM Jack) Zduriencik and upper management still feel that we’re right in the middle of this thing, that it just takes a little bit of luck to go our way and we’re right there,” closer David Aardsma said. “We feel the same way. It was just four bad games. We’ve lost more in a row and thankfully that was when the Angels decided to actually lose a couple of games.”
Catcher Rob Johnson said he feels invigorated that management made a move to improve the big-league roster and not just to build for the future.
“Let’s win. Let’s get this done,” Johnson said. “We’re 7 games back. It sounds like a lot, but with more than two months left it’s not all that much. It’s been weird. A week ago we were talking about getting guys. Then we had a little four-game skid and we were talking about selling guys. Then all the rumors. And now, bam, we’re going out and getting some guys. It makes me want to go out there and continue to give everything I’ve got. Not that I wouldn’t anyway, but it gives you a little bit of spark.”
DH Mike Sweeney, while enthused at getting Wilson, couldn’t help but feel badly for Cedeno because he was taking the trade so hard.
“There’s a personal side and there’s a professional side,” Sweeney said. “The personal side is that it hurts to look into the teary eyes of Ronny Cedeno as he leaves. But from the professional side, it definitely makes sense. Jack Wilson is a proven All-Star and he adds some stability up the middle. Ian Snell, after watching him in the WBC, he’s a guy who could make a good 1-2 tandem for the future of this organization with he and (Felix Hernandez).”
Bedard bullpen pushed back
Erik Bedard’s scheduled throwing session off the bullpen mound was scrubbed Wednesday, although the Mariners weren’t saying they’re more concerned now than they were before about the inflammation in his left shoulder.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said Bedard feels good but that trainer Rick Griffin decided he should wait until Friday to throw a bullpen.
“Rick (Griffin) felt he’s better off letting the medicine kick in a little bit and give him a little more time,” Wakamatsu said. “He going to throw Friday, but he’s improving and feeling better.”
Left-hander Garrett Olson, who struggled in his last two starts and lost his place in the rotation, will start tonight in Bedard’s place.
Carlos Silva, on the DL since May 9 because of right shoulder inflammation, has thrown three times off flat ground and may begin throwing off a mound during the Mariners’ next homestand. … Russell Branyan didn’t start for the third straight day because of a stiff back. “It’s taking a little bit longer than we’d thought,” Wakamatsu said. “We’ve said this the last few days, but hopefully tomorrow he’ll be ready to go.” … Third baseman Adrian Beltre’s left shoulder felt good after two days of batting practice and ground balls, and Wakamatsu expects him to come off the DL on Tuesday. Beltre had surgery last month to remove a bone spur. … Second-round draft pick Rich Poythress, whose signing was made official by the Mariners on Wednesday, gives the organization 21 of their 50 draft picks under contract. Among the unsigned is first-round pick Dustin Ackley. … The first-pitch temperature at Safeco Field was 86 and it was 91 when the game ended.
Kirby Arnold, The Herald