Seattle - Seattle Mariners catcher Adam Moore was on crutches in the clubhouse before the game, preparing himself for Tuesday surgery on his right knee.
The news isn’t good, but it may be worse.
“The doctor told me there’s a chance it could be a arthroscopic procedure, and if I wake up in the hospital with a sleeve over my knee, I’ll know I have a six- to eight-week rehab ahead of me,” Moore said.
“If I wake up and it’s in a brace, I’ll know it was a more serious surgery and I’ll probably have four to six months of rehab.
“I’m hoping it’s not serious, but it doesn’t feel like that. I can’t even put weight on it.”
GOTTA BE YOURSELF
Reliever David Pauley had an epiphany Sunday, followed by three perfect innings of relief.
Being a pitcher, he’ll take the innings any time.
“I re-analyzed what I’d been doing my first couple outings, and I thought before the game I’d probably get the chance to pitch today,” Pauley said. “I wanted to go back to keeping the ball down, making them put it in play early.”
In 12/3 innings before Sunday, Pauley had walked three and given up a hit, not the kind of pitching he’d done to win a job as long man in the bullpen. And not the kind of pitcher he’d been throughout his career.
“For some reason, I started the season in the bullpen thinking I had to be more perfect than I’d been, throw better pitches than I had. It didn’t work,” he said.
“Today, it was like – ‘here’s my stuff, see what you can do with it.’ ”
Turned out, the Cleveland Indians could do nothing with it, which was saying something. They’d banged out 10 hits in four innings against Erik Bedard, and were en route to a series sweep.
“I played with them the last two years,” catcher Chris Gimenez said. “I’ve never seen them swing the bats like they did all weekend.”
Pauley shut them down, retiring all nine batters he faced, striking out three.
“I’d been down on myself. I’m not the kind of guy who takes well to feeling things out,” Pauley said. “I want results. Today, I got them being who I am.”
Manager Eric Wedge answered the question of who would bat third if Milton Bradley wasn’t playing Sunday – reserve infielder Adam Kennedy. Why? “Adam is a veteran guy who’s strong upstairs,” Wedge said. “Batting third isn’t going to mess with his mind.” Here’s an ugly little note: The Mariners’ current seven-game losing streak is the longest since they lost seven in a row – last September. Add Bradley: He was spotted wearing ear plugs during an at-bat Saturday, a fact Wedge was asked about. “Now and then, any of us would like to do that,” the manager deadpanned.
Seattle plays host to Toronto in a 7:10 p.m. game today that will be televised on Root. Probable starting pitchers: Jesse Litsch (1-0, 4.26 ERA) vs. Felix Hernandez (1-1, 2.25).