AquaSox notes: Sam Tuivailala roughed up in rehab stint

Two Tacoma rehabbers join AquaSox; Lake Stevens grad Payne Patchett recieves diploma on field

It wasn’t Sam Tuivailala’s day.

The Mariners reliever, recovering from a torn right achilles sustained last year, started for the AquaSox in a rehab appearance and didn’t last an inning, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits in 2/3 innings while recording two strikeouts.

Tuivailala was supposed to pitch in the home opener on Friday, but didn’t because of the quality of the mound. He made 10 appearances between Modesto and Tacoma in May before being shutdown due to shoulder tightness.

The 26-year-old right-handed pitcher was traded to the Mariners last season in exchange for minor league pitcher Seth Elledge.

Rehabbers join AquaSox from Tacoma

Right-handed pitch Aaron Northcraft and infielder Ryan Court are also on the roster on rehab stints from Tacoma.

Northcraft, signed as a minor-league free agent in the offseason, compiled a 2.31 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Rainers. Northcraft, 29, last pitched in affiliated baseball in the Padres organization in 2016.

Court, hitting third and playing first base for the AquaSox on Monday, hit .328/.429/.586 in 17 games for the Rainiers after being signed from the Sugarland Skeeters of the Atlantic (Independent) League.

Lake Stevens grad receives his diploma on field

Payne Patchett, the recent Lake Stevens graduate that took on a job as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes’ play-by-play broadcaster, wasn’t able to attend his high school graduation due to it overlapping with his responsibilities as a minor-league broadcaster about 20 minutes before first pitch at Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The makeshift ceremony interfered with his daily 6 p.m. radio show, but don’t worry, Patchett had a pre-recorded segment ready.

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