Seattle native Jake Lamb ‘fired’ for chance to play for Mariners

A quintessential Seattle summer day welcomed a quintessential Seattle baby back home on Friday.

Jake Lamb, on his first day in a Mariners uniform, sat in the dugout of the house, his hat tucked into the back, a nod to his childhood hero (Ken Griffey Jr., of course). He wore Sue Bird’s colorful “Kyrie Low 4” Nike sneakers and had a big smile on his face as he looked at the diamond on a perfect, 72-degree summer afternoon at T-Mobile Park.

“I’m very biased,” he said, “but I tell everyone it’s still one of the best places to play a big league game. Days like this – that’s why you come out of here.”

Lamb grew up on Queen Anne Hill, graduated from Blanchett High School and starred at the University of Washington. Lamb described what it meant for him — and his family — as the Blue Angels roared above the Seattle skyline when he learned Tuesday that he was coming home to a business-deadline deal.

“I feel like I’ve been getting cold again and again over the past two days,” he said. “It’s full circle in every sense.”

His parents cut a vacation to Idaho to attend Friday’s series opener against the Angels. They watched from the side of the field as Lamb had his first batting practice as a Mariner.

“It’s crazy, man,” said Lamb. “I grew up in this stadium and the Kingdom. I came here in 2001 to the home run derby. … I shaved my head because of Jay Buhner. Edgar Martinez, one of the cutest swings you’ve ever seen.”

Lamb, 31, an All-Star with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017, will be a utility player and left-hander off the bench for the Mariners. Third baseman for the bulk of his career, Lamb played nine games in left field, two at first base, and 14 this season for the Los Angeles Dodgers as a designated hitter, who later replaced him as a designated hitter. Settled (or cash) in Seattle.

In 77 plate appearances this year, he has a .239/.338/.433 slash line, including two home runs, five doubles, eight walks and 24 strikes.

Julio Rodriguez (arm injury) and Dylan Moore (back cramp) are on track to return from the injury list when they qualified next week, and until then, Lamb would have had a chance to prove himself against a right-handed pitcher. Is.

After that, Mariners manager Scott Servais admitted that there would be a roster crunch – and some difficult decisions for club management to make, especially with Mitch Hanniger expected to return soon.

“That’s a good thing. Trust me, it’s a good thing,” Service said on Friday at pregame. “That means we have a lot of people competing. And every time they go there it means a lot. These games are really important to us.”

Lamb has made two postseason appearances in his career—with Arizona in 2017 and with Oakland in 2020—and he knows what a postseason berth will mean to people in Seattle.

“I will do whatever I can to help this team win and shoot, get back into the playoffs,” he said. “I know how much this means to this city. I know how much it means to the team. … I’m fired. ,

injury update

  • Servais said Rodriguez is feeling well and is expected to bat again on Saturday. Rodriguez is on track to be reactivated from IL if eligible on August 10, although Cervaes acknowledged that Rodriguez could opt for additional rest with a day off next Thursday before the start of the team’s next road trip.
  • Moore (back) resumed baseball activity on Friday afternoon. He is eligible to return on the same day as Rodriguez.
  • Right-arm reliever Diego Castillo (swollen shoulder) threw a bullpen on Friday, and his shoulder issues “quite calmed down,” Servais said.
  • Henniger’s rehab work continues in Class AAA Tacoma. In 30 plate appearances between Tacoma and High-A Everett entering Friday, Hanniger has eight hits, three homers, 10 walks and three strikeouts with 1.055 OPS. “He’ll let us know when he’s ready to go,” Servais said.
  • Taylor Trammell is moving “in the right direction” as her rehab work in Tacoma continues.

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