Mariners Notes: Clement To Miss A Few Games

The M's let one get away on Wednesday afternoon and now head to Toronto without the services of Jeff Clement, who won't play until at least Saturday with an injured finger. Read on for all the Mariner news and notes.

INSIDE PITCH

The Mariners played without Jeff Clement on Wednesday, and it's likely they won't see him again until at least Saturday.

Clement was the victim Tuesday of an accident that tore the nail on his right thumb almost in half. On Wednesday, he was sporting a U-shaped metal cap over the top of his thumb to keep the nail from breaking loose.

Clement was chasing a foul ball in the second inning near the backstop Tuesday when he ran out of room. He put his hands up just in case the ball stayed in play, but it didn't, falling just to the far side of the mesh screen.

The fingers of his right hand were still in the mesh when the ball came down, hitting him on the thumb, breaking the nail and ultimately forcing him from the game.

Clement was out of the lineup Wednesday, and while the Mariners had talked about him playing in the series opener Friday in Toronto, that's probably not going to happen either. The Blue Jays are throwing a left-handed starter, John Parish, and the left-handed Clement probably wasn't going to play anyway.

"Right now we're thinking that we'll give him the extra day," manager Jim Riggleman said. "If all goes well, he could be back in there on Saturday."

Clement said he could hit by simply taking the metal cap off his finger. But he said when he tries to throw, the broken nail keeps him from getting a good grip on the ball.

RED SOX 6, MARINERS 3 (12 innings): CF Willie Bloomquist let a flyball off the bat of Kevin Youkilis fall for a bases-loading error in the 12th inning, and Mike Lowell followed with a tiebreaking single to give the Red Sox a sweep of a three-game series.

Lowell's hit drove in two runs, and Sean Casey followed with an RBI single as the Red Sox, held without a run by the Seattle pitching staff since the sixth inning, finally cranked up some offense.

C Kenji Johjima had a chance to give the Mariners a win in the bottom of the 11th. Batting with men on first and third and one out, Johjima instead grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The double play erased Seattle's first promising scoring opportunity since the sixth, when DH Jose Vidro hit a two-run homer and the Mariners then put men on first and second with just one out in chasing starter Clay Buchholz.

Seattle loaded the bases with two out in the bottom of the 12th against RHP Craig Hansen, but Vidro grounded out.

NOTES, QUOTES

--SS Yuniesky Betancourt was given the start off, but he should be back in the lineup Friday in Toronto. Betancourt came into the day 3-for-16 since the All-Star break. He went 1-for-2 after entering the game as a ninth-inning pinch hitter.

--LHP Erik Bedard almost certainly won't pitch again until August. Manager Jim Riggleman said as much before Wednesday's game. An MRI of Bedard's ailing left shoulder indicated no damage beyond the shoulder tightness that put Bedard on the DL after his July 4 start, but he has yet to throw off a mound.

--RHP Sean Green appeared in his 50th game Wednesday, the most in the American League this season. Green has pitched in more games (108) since May 1, 2007, than any pitcher in the AL.

--DH Jose Vidro had three hits, including his sixth home run Wednesday against Boston. The homer for Vidro was his first since June 14. However, with the bases loaded in the 12th inning and the Mariners down three, Vidro grounded out to end the game.

--C Kenji Johjima was hitless in four at-bats and still doesn't have an RBI this month. He had a chance to give the Mariners the win over the Red Sox in the 11th inning, batting with one out and runners at the corners, but he grounded into an inning-ending double play.

--C Jeff Clement was out of the lineup and doesn't figure to play again until at least Saturday. He's suffered a cracked nail on his right thumb, thanks to a foul ball, and is wearing a protective casing to keep from suffering more problems with the thumb. He can hit, but he has trouble gripping the ball to throw.

BY THE NUMBERS: 40 -- The number of consecutive singles hit by RF Ichiro Suzuki, a club record, before he hit a homer Saturday in the ninth inning against Cleveland.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "You put all my numbers together, and it doesn't look too pretty. It's like I'm always fighting to get something good going. I've never had to fight this much before." -- RHP Carlos Silva.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

C Jeff Clement (cracked right thumb nail) left the July 22 game. He didn't play July 23, and he is unlikely to return before July 26.

RHP Carlos Silva (lower back tightness) left the July 20 game. He is day-to-day.

LHP Erik Bedard (sore left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 5. He was unable to throw July 21, but an MRI the next day showed on the same impingement he has had. He had yet to throw off a mound as of July 23.

RF Mike Morse (dislocated left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list April 14. He had shoulder surgery April 22 and probably won't play again this season.


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