08/07/12 7:25 PM ET
Thames finding his way with Mariners
By Greg Johns / MLB.com
With the Orioles southpaw Zach Britton starting on Tuesday, the left-handed Thames wasn't in the lineup for the first time since his first day with the Mariners on July 31. The 25-year-old has hit .222 (4-for-18) with a home run and two RBIs in his first five games.
"New team, back in the show, so it is a matter of getting into a routine again," Thames said. "It's a lot different here, but it feels good."
Thames has played both left and right field for manager Eric Wedge, while hitting eighth in the order. The Mariners figure to use the final two months of this season to see what they've got in the powerful youngster, acquired for reliever Steve Delabar.
"I still want to really watch him some more before I say anything about him," Wedge said. "There are some things to like there. You like his bat speed, he's got some thump. He's been bouncing around the outfield OK. He's a good kid, strong, so I just want to keep watching him play and give him some opportunity here."
Thames spent parts of the past two seasons with Toronto, and was hitting .330 with a .935 OPS in 54 games with Triple-A Las Vegas at the time of the trade. Readjusting to big league pitching is part of his challenge now.
"Of course, the pitching down there and up here is night-and-day different," Thames said. "Getting used to the strike zone and that stuff is different, but once you start getting the at-bats and reps -- I don't want to say it gets easier, because it's never easy -- but it gets more normal.
""I'm still tinkering a little. The eyes and hands aren't in sync quite yet, but it'll all come together soon."
As for his initial impression of the Mariners?
"This is a good group of young guys that want to play hard and win," Thames said. "I love this team just because it's not about individual results, but team results. We do have some veterans helping out, but it's good to be part of an up-and-coming young group where everybody is still developing."
Ryan remains out with elbow injury
BALTIMORE -- Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan sat out his third straight game on Tuesday as his left elbow continues to leave him in a day-by-day situation after getting hit by a pitch from Hideki Kuroda on Saturday in Yankee Stadium.
Ryan had hoped to be back in the lineup on Tuesday, but he continues to receive treatment for inflammation that doesn't allow him to bend the elbow.
"They're doing everything they can to get him over it, but he still doesn't have enough range of motion," manager Eric Wedge said. "He's not ready to play yet. I think we're close, but he still has a lot of inflammation. We'll see how he is tomorrow."
Ryan is available to pinch-run, but Wedge said he'd try to steer away from that unless it was an emergency situation.
Ryan, one of the top defensive shortstops in the American League, has hit .274 over his last 40 games to raise his season average to .204.
"He was doing better, so hopefully when he does come back he can pick up where he left off," said Wedge.
Furbush makes second rehab appearance
BALTIMORE -- Left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush made his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday as he returns from a strained left triceps muscle, but will need at least one more outing before he's ready to return to the Mariners, according to manager Eric Wedge.
Furbush will throw again on Wednesday for the Rainiers. He allowed one run on one hit with a walk and strikeout in Tacoma's 9-4 loss to New Orleans on Monday.
"He feels pretty good. He's just not where he needs to be before he gets back up here," Wedge said. "It's a little bit different when you've got a veteran guy that has been through it or done it before. This is kind of his first go-round with something like this."
Furbush, 26, has been one of the Mariners' brighter success stories out of the bullpen this season, posting a 4-2 record and 2.17 ERA in 34 games. He's allowed just two earned runs over his last 24 1/3 innings in 21 games for an 0.74 ERA.
• When the Mariners lost 3-1 on Monday to the Orioles, it snapped their seven-game winning streak in games decided by two runs or less.
• While the Mariners have been one of the top-scoring road teams in the Majors this season, that hasn't held true on the current trip. In the first four days of the nine-game trek, Seattle totaled just seven runs (1.75 per game) in three games at Yankee Stadium and one at Camden Yards.
The Mariners averaged 4.87 runs in their first 53 away games prior to this trip.
• Jason Vargas' complete game on Monday was the sixth by a Mariner this season, tied for third in the Majors behind the Tigers and Reds with seven each.