M's Notebook | Campillo back to help bullpen
Proving it's never too late in the season for a transaction, the Mariners reshuffled their pitching staff one more time Monday. Heading in was right-hander...
Seattle Times staff reporter
Proving it's never too late in the season for a transaction, the Mariners reshuffled their pitching staff one more time Monday.
Heading in was right-hander Jorge Campillo, returning to the major leagues for the first time since August 2005, when he tore a ligament in his right elbow while making his first major-league start. That injury required Tommy John surgery on Sept. 23, 2005.
Heading out was Cha Seung Baek, who has tendinitis in his right triceps. Baek was placed on the 60-day disabled list, a procedural move that opens a spot on Seattle's 40-man roster for Campillo.
Campillo, 28, had returned to his new home in Arizona three weeks ago upon completion of Class AA San Antonio's season. He was preparing to go to Culiacan, Mexico, in October to pitch in winter ball. Instead, he got a call from the Mariners on Sunday to fly to Seattle and join the team.
"I never imagined I'd get back in the big leagues this year," Campillo said, speaking through translator Gillian Hagamen. "My goal was for 2007."
Considering the Mariners' depleted relief corps, he's likely to get some work. Campillo returned to action this year with Peoria (rookie league) from July 17 to Aug. 11, then joined Inland Empire (Class A) on Aug. 11. He made two starts for Inland Empire (1-1, 4.00 earned-run average) and two for San Antonio (2-0, 2.53).
"I told him to be ready for anything," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "That's the way it's been for about the last month in our bullpen."
As for Baek, he completes his Mariners season with a 4-1 record and 3.67 ERA in six starts.
"I don't think it's anything bad," Hargrove said of Baek's injury. "He's pitched 60 more innings this year than he's ever pitched before, and he had tightness in his shoulders, triceps and elbow.
"I think it's just a matter of a long season for him. Especially after coming back from Tommy John surgery [in 2002], we decided it's better safe than sorry."
Baek made a strong impression in his bid to earn a spot in the rotation next year.
Soriano makes appearance
The Mariners had an encouraging sight Monday when Rafael Soriano threw on the field before the game — his first outdoor game of catch since getting hit in the head by a Vladimir Guerrero line drive Aug. 29.
Soriano is out for the season, but the club hopes he'll be able to pitch somewhere — most likely winter ball in his native Dominican Republic — before spring training.
"I told him I wanted him to be like a cowboy," said Mariners trainer Rick Griffin. "He got bucked off the horse, and get right back on. But we can't let him do that. He's got to be completely 100 percent symptom-free.
"When he gets to that point, I'm sure it will be discussed. He pitched in winter league last year. I would imagine the front office would like him to do that again at some point this year. I think he wants to, too."
Griffin said Soriano is recovering steadily.
"He still has a little bit of headaches, and still doesn't feel like he's 100 percent yet," he said. "The doctor said it could be up to two to three months before everything returns to normal. It hasn't even been a month yet."
In other injury news, right-hander Mark Lowe returned to Seattle on Monday to have his injured right elbow (tendinitis) re-examined by the team's medical staff.
Lowe, shut down for the season Aug. 19, still hasn't progressed to the point that he is able to throw.
Griffin said the team's hope is to have Lowe pitch in some instructional league games.
• Raul Ibanez was named the American League's co-player of the week, sharing the award with Minnesota's Torii Hunter. Ibanez hit .424 (14 for 33) with a .758 slugging percentage, including three homers and seven RBI. Ibanez won the award once previously while with Kansas City in 2002. Ibanez is having a career year with a .290 average, 30 homers and 121 RBI.
How the runs scored
Athletics first: Kendall lined out to right. Kielty doubled to right. On Jimenez's wild pitch, Kielty to third. Bradley homered to left on a 1-2 count, Kielty scored. F.Thomas flied out to center. Payton struck out. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on. Athletics 2, M's 0.
Mariners second: Sexson homered to right on a 1-0 count. Broussard struck out. Lopez grounded out, third to first. Snelling struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. Athletics 2, M's 1.
Athletics third: Scutaro struck out. Kendall grounded out, shortstop to first. Kielty singled to right. Bradley singled to center, Kielty to second. F.Thomas singled to center, Kielty scored, Bradley to second. On Jimenez's wild pitch, Bradley to third, F.Thomas to second. Payton grounded out, second to first. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Athletics 3, M's 1.
Mariners third: Betancourt infield double to third. Ichiro singled to left, Betancourt to third. Beltre grounded into a double play, short to second to first, Betancourt scored, Ichiro out. Johjima doubled to left. Ibanez singled to center, Johjima scored. Ibanez to second. Sexson singled to right, Ibanez to third. Broussard struck out. 2 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. M's 3, Athletics 3.
Athletics fourth: Chavez grounded out, short to first. Swisher singled to center. Ellis doubled to left, Swisher to third. Scutaro walked. Kendall doubled to right, Swisher scored, Ellis scored, Scutaro to third. Kielty grounded out, catcher to first. Bradley grounded out, short to first. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Athletics 5, M's 3.
Athletics fifth: Chick pitching. F.Thomas struck out. Payton walked. Chavez singled to right, Payton to third. Swisher walked on a full count, Chavez to second. Ellis doubled to left, Payton scored, Chavez scored, Swisher to third. Scutaro walked on a full count. Kendall walked on a full count, Swisher scored, Ellis to third, Scutaro to second. Cruceta pitching. Kotsay pinch-hitting for Kielty. Kotsay singled to right, Ellis scored, Scutaro to third, Kendall to second. Bradley struck out. F.Thomas flied out to center. 4 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 left on. Athletics 9, M's 3.
Mariners fifth: Kotsay in as center fielder. Payton in as left fielder. Ichiro singled to center. Beltre struck out. Johjima flied out to left. Ibanez homered to right on the first pitch, Ichiro scored. Sexson grounded out, short to first. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on. Athletics 9, M's 5.
Mariners seventh: Ichiro tripled to right. Beltre struck out. Johjima grounded out, third to first, Ichiro scored. Ibanez infield single to first. Duchscherer pitching. Sexson singled to center, Ibanez to second. Broussard flied out to left. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Athletics 9, M's 6.
Mariners ninth: Street pitching. Beltre doubled to right. Johjima singled to left, Beltre to third. Ibanez singled to left, Beltre scored, Johjima to second. Jones pinch-running for Johjima. Sexson singled to left, Jones to third, Ibanez to second. Bloomquist pinch-running for Sexson. Broussard struck out. Lopez hit a sacrifice fly to right, Jones scored, Ibanez to third. Dobbs singled to left, Ibanez scored, Bloomquist to second. Betancourt grounded into fielder's choice, third unassisted, Bloomquist out, Dobbs to second. 3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. M's 9, Athletics 9.
Mariners tenth: Calero pitching. Ichiro infield single to third. On Calero's error on a pickoff attempt, Ichiro to second. Beltre lined out to center. Rivera struck out. Ibanez was intentionally walked. Bloomquist singled to center, Ichiro scored, Ibanez to second. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 left on. M's 10, Athletics 9.
For the record
W/L streak: W-1
At home: 42-34
On road: 34-47
vs. AL West: 17-35
vs. Angels: 9-10
vs. Oakland: 2-15
vs. Texas: 6-10
vs. AL East: 25-19
vs. AL Cen.: 20-23
vs. NL: 14-4
vs. LHP: 19-24
vs. RHP: 57-57
Extra innings: 8-7
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