Adrian Beltre has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, meaning his lacerated bleeding testicles are fully healed. The emotional scarring may never disappear, however.
Beltre, who was injured when a wayward ground ball collided with his groin, had been practicing in recent days…without a protective cup. Guess it’s tough to change your ways.
Also returning to the lineup this evening is right fielder Ichiro Suzuki. The M’s leadoff hitter has been nursing a tight calf and hasn’t played in nine days.
In other Mariner-related news, the team promoted first baseman Mike Carp and lefthanded pitcher Jason Vargas from Triple-A Tacoma this afternoon. As of today, teams are allowed to expand their major league rosters from 25 players to 40, so expect more moves to follow.
All this really means is we won’t have to suffer through any more lineups featuring Jose Lopez, Franklin Gutierrez, and seven guys batting lower than .250 the rest of the year. I’m sorry, Jack Hannahan, but you’re no five-hole hitter.