Shortstop Jack Wilson left the game with an undisclosed injury, later revealed to be an aggravated hamstring. His status is day-to-day, and Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu has been noncommittal as to the possibility of placing Wilson on the disabled list.
The story of the night, however, was the nature and severity of Adrian Beltre's injury.
In the ninth inning of Thursday's game, Beltre misjudged a sharp line drive to third base and the ball jumped up to hit him in the midsection. Unfortunately for Beltre, it hit him in a sensitive area of his midsection.
Beltre remained in the game (a 14 inning marathon with the Chicago White Sox), but after the game team doctors determined that Beltre had suffered a severe injury to one testicle.
The injury caused some internal bleeding, and may require surgery if it persists. Wakamatsu placed Beltre on the disabled list on Friday afternoon and called up utility infielder Josh Wilson from Triple-A Tacoma.
Beltre, fresh off of a trip to the disabled list for shoulder surgery in July, had been on fire since his return to the lineup, hitting .390 (16-41) over nine games played.
One factor in Beltre's injury is that he does not wear a protective cup, claiming that they are uncomfortable. The dangers of playing at "the hot corner" might not have fazed him until his injury on Thursday night.
Josh Wilson started at shortstop on Friday night in place of the injured Jack Wilson, while third baseman Jack Hannahan started in place of Adrian Beltre.
Here are my initial reactions the both injuries:
- In response to the loss of Jack Wilson: Why call up Josh Wilson and not Chris Woodward? Woodward wasn't stellar as a utility infielder, but he was serviceable, and his versaility greatly helped the Mariners during the Ronny Cedeno era at shortstop.
- In response to the loss of Adrian Beltre: Where is Matt Tuiasosopo? Had he not been injured at the same time as Adrian Beltre's previous stint on the disabled list, he may have been called up at the time. He is a good defender, and a top 15 prospect in the Mariners system, so why not shift Jack Hannahan to shortstop (where he played on Thursday night in replacement of Jack Wilson) and give Matt Tuiasosopo a crack at third base?
Regardless of how long either player is out, the Mariners will have to shuffle their lineup to make ends meet.
It will be interesting to see how the Mariners play while Wilson and Beltre are recovering, and even more interesting to see if Beltre purchases some additional equipment before his next appearance in the field.
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