Your lineups for tonight’s series finale at Safeco Field:
–Mark Ellis continues to make progress from his strained left hamstring, according to manager Bob Geren, but he’s still not game-ready. Michael Wuertz is making his first rehab appearance Friday for Triple-A Sacramento, and he could be activated after two games there, depending on how his shoulder responds. Trevor Cahill will make a 60-pitch start for Sacramento on Monday, but as I mentioned before, I’d expect him to stay in the minors when he’s activated from the DL, unless there’s an injury in the big league rotation.
–There was quite a bit of buzz over catcher Kurt Suzuki’s seventh-inning play last night, where he made a spinning catch of a wayward pitch, then fired a perfect throw to third to nail Chone Figgins. It ranked No. 2 on ESPN’s “Web Gems” for the day. I wandered over to the Mariners’ clubhouse today to get Figgins’ thoughts. He said he didn’t want to talk because it was getting close to game time, but he also had the look of a guy who had heard plenty about it already. “He made a great play, a great read,” Figgins said.
–Eric Chavez sits against another lefty tonight, with Jake Fox getting the call at DH. Interestingly, Geren says he doesn’t consider the situation a platoon, but it’s starting to look that way. Chavez says he’s fine with the plan, adding it’s important for both him and Fox to get at-bats and find their strokes. You’ll read more from Chavez in tomorrow’s notebook …
Patterson gets the nod over Travis Buck in left field. Both hit left-handed, but Geren prefers Patterson with a lefty on the mound.