Sun, 01 Sep 2013 12:31:33 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino (wrist) will be recalled from his injury rehab assignment Monday, Sept. 2. He is expected to start behind the plate against the Kansas City Royals, with SP Felix Hernandez pitching.
Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:27:30 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino (wrist) took batting practice Saturday, Aug. 24, and could be sent on a minor league rehab assignment this week.
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:36:05 -0700
Major League Baseball announced that Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero will accept a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.
Fantasy Tip: Montero might have been a September call-up this year, but he wasn't likely to be worth much for the rest of the season anyway. He'll likely have to prove himself in spring training or in the minors next year before making an impact with Seattle. He'll have to do so at first base or DH, too, with Mike Zunino the catcher of the future for the M's.
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:36:47 -0700
The Seattle Mariners placed C Mike Zunino (hand) on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand Friday, July 26. Zunino will have surgery on his hand and miss six weeks.
Fantasy Tip: It's unclear what the corresponding move is for Zunino. Right now, Henry Blanco appears to be the beneficiary of playing time thanks to Zunino's injury. Blanco should only be considered for the desperate in AL-only formats. Zunino probably won't be back this season.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:01:12 -0700
The Seattle Mariners have designated C Kelly Shoppach for assignment and signed C Henry Blanco.
Fantasy Tip: Shoppach should catch on elsewhere. Neither he nor Blanco would be worth anything more than a boring second backstop in a single-universe format. This makes it seem that Mike Zunino has a long leash for the near future.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:56:07 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino will make his MLB debut Wednesday, June 12. He's batting sixth.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:45:06 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino isn't in the starting lineup Tuesday, June 11.
Fantasy Tip: Kelly Shoppach will start tonight, but if Zunino truly is up for a long stretch, they'll probably split time.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:58:03 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino has received a call-up to the parent club, according to a person familiar with the team's activities.
Fantasy Tip: This is only a little surprising, but the demotion of Jesus Montero not long ago increased this possibility, and the somewhat disappointing start that the M's have had already prompted them to shake things up in other areas. Zunino is hitting only .238 for Triple-A Tacoma, but he has 11 home runs and a .503 slugging percentage. The move could be temporary given the club's roster makeup at the moment, but Kelly Shoppach has provided little offense since the season's first month or so and isn't everyday material, so Seattle is likely giving Zunino a chance to take the reins. He should be picked up in all two-catcher leagues, but remember that catchers usually have the toughest time transitioning to the majors because of their defensive responsibilities.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:55:12 -0700
The Seattle Mariners have recalled C Mike Zunino Tuesday, June 11.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:30:13 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Brandon Bantz has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. C Jesus Sucre (hand) has his hand in a soft cast; he's expected to miss a few days. To make room for Bantz, the Mariners optioned INF Carlos Triunfel to Tacoma and transferred OF Franklin Gutierrez to the 60-day disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: The M's were highly unlikely to summon Mike Zunino for such a trivial need. Bantz isn't worth a look in deep AL leagues unless Sucre's injury is more serious, and even then, it's not especially likely. Guti is already a month and a half into his DL stint, and his rehab assignment time has expired, but he isn't ready to return, so perhaps the M's found a way around that issue.