08/08/10 6:11 PM ET
Wilson breaks hand in home accident
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
Wilson slipped in his bathroom following Saturday night's loss to the Royals and broke his fall with his right hand. During the accident, he fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his throwing hand. The bone is below the base of his pinky finger.
Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge suffered a fracture of the same bone in his left (non-throwing) hand on July 19 and returned to action Aug. 4 even though the original prognosis for a return to action from the injury, which in Inge's case was non-displaced, was four to six weeks. That means it's possible that Wilson's injury will end his season, but the shortstop will find out more when he visits a hand specialist Monday.
Josh Wilson took his place in the lineup on Sunday and likely will start in Jack Wilson's place indefinitely.
Jack Wilson was hot at the plate, going 2-for-3 on Saturday and 5-for-16 with a double, a triple, three runs and two walks on the homestand.
Surgery likely for what ails Kelley's elbow
SEATTLE -- The exact problem with Shawn Kelley's right elbow hasn't become clear, but it's likely that surgery will be needed.
"I think he's going to have to have surgery no matter what," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. "It's just a matter of when they go in there, what they find. It could be a year or he could be ready for Spring Training."
Kelley, who already went through one Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in 2003, was holding out hope that a stress X-ray scheduled for Monday would reveal what he has been waiting for. Kelley said he has had two contrast MRIs, an X-ray and a CT scan. The CT scan revealed no stress fracture, but Kelley said he had mixed feelings about that.
"It's good to know there's not a stress fracture, but if we're talking about the ligament or the bone, the bone would have been the better of the two [to be damaged]," Kelley said. "But we still don't know about the ligament."
Kelley said the stress X-ray, in which Mariners team doctor Edward Khalfayan would "push on my arm and see if the joint's expanding," would reveal if the ulnar collateral ligament is stretched out or torn.
"If it's stretched out, that's really no different from it being torn," Kelley said. "It's just as problematic. It means Tommy John is needed either way."
Kelley said regardless of the outcome of the stress X-ray, he'll at least have concrete information Monday.
"I'm at the point where I just want to have something done," Kelley said. "Get an answer and move on from there instead of wondering."
No worries over Rowland-Smith's poor start
SEATTLE -- Mariners starter Ryan Rowland-Smith's box score from Saturday night's rehab outing at Triple-A Tacoma didn't look pretty. He gave up 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out six and taking a loss to Iowa.
But Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu didn't seem terribly concerned about those crooked numbers as long as Rowland-Smith, who's battling back from a lower back strain and is 1-10 with a 6.96 ERA for the Mariners this season, is learning how to become more consistent with his mechanics.
"He's proven that he can pitch up here, but we do think in the long term there are some mechanical adjustments that will allow him to be more effective throughout a year and not just in stretches, so we're going to continue," Wakamatsu said.
"I think he's had some good sessions. I think it's, 'Can he take it into a ballgame and get over that hump a little bit?' "
League finding consistency, success
SEATTLE -- The big news around baseball on Sunday was that former Mariners pitcher Brandon Morrow came oh-so-close to a no-hitter for Toronto against the Tampa Bay, losing the no-no with two outs in the ninth and striking out 17.
Meanwhile, the player the Mariners traded Morrow for last winter, reliever Brandon League, is quietly enjoying his most durable and consistent season as a Major Leaguer.
Through Saturday, League was tied for seventh in the American League with 50 relief appearances and led AL relievers with eight wins. He also had a 3.21 ERA -- 2.01 at Safeco Field -- six holds and a streak of seven scoreless innings.
"The biggest thing for me is getting consistent break on my sinker, and I think I'm doing that pretty well this year," League said.
Bullpen coach John Wetteland has been impressed with League's mental approach this season.
"You can tell in his dry work that he spends time focusing and concentrating," Wetteland said. "It's not just a physical exercise for him. He's asked a lot of questions throughout the year about how you deal with certain in-game situations. He's growing and evolving."
Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said outfielder Michael Saunders' sore shoulder was feeling "a lot better" and that Saunders could be available Sunday if the team needed him in an "emergency situation." Ditto for catcher Josh Bard and his stiff neck, although Wakamatsu said he would get Bard a start behind the plate in the upcoming Oakland series to give everyday backstop Adam Moore a day off. ... Wakamatsu said he understood why former big league catcher and current Minor League manager Jody Davis would take a forfeit by ordering his Boise Hawks team not to take the field during inclement conditions against the Mariners' short Class A team, the appropriately named AquaSox, in nearby Everett, Wash., on Saturday night. "I think that's important," Wakamatsu said. "You've got to try to protect your players when it gets to that point. Especially down there with young kids and all that."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.