TODAY: Zunino will get the call, GM Jerry Dipoto tells Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio (Twitter link). He’ll be looking to make good on his top-quality prospect pedigree and big-time power.
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YESTERDAY: Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger has been diagnosed with a break to the third metacarpal in his right hand, as MLB.com’s Greg Johns was among those to tweet. He was struck by a foul ball behind the dish in tonight’s game.
Clevenger, 30, was acquired over the winter in exchange for Mark Trumbo. He hasn’t quite produced at the rate of the slugger he was dealt for, but he’s a useful receiver — particularly since he hits from the left side. Over 76 plate appearances on the year, he owns a sub-optimal .221/.303/.309 slash while serving as a backup for Chris Iannetta.
Seattle does have multiple options in the organization. Former regular Mike Zunino, who is still just 25, has been quite productive at Triple-A, with a .282/.366/.516 batting line and 15 long balls in 287 trips to the plate.
If the club decides it isn’t quite ready to give Zunino its next shot, it could look to either Steve Baron or Rob Brantly. The former — who like Zunino is 25 years of age and resides on the 40-man roster — is currently playing at Double-A. Brantly has a fair bit of MLB experience, though he too is a younger option. But he’d require a 40-man spot.