Here's the latest out of Seattle as they get set to host the Cubs tonight..
- In an interview with SportsRadioKJR, GM Jack Zduriencik discussed the club's recent call-up of shortstop Brad Miller and its effect on incumbent Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan. While Miller "will never be the defensive player" that Ryan is, he offers more offensive upside and Seattle wants a look at him in the majors, Zduriencik said.
- Miller's call-up increases the chances that Ryan will be available to contenders at the deadline, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports says on Twitter. Though the Seattle shortstop lacks an everyday bat, his defense would be useful in a one-run game in September or October, Morosi notes in a second Tweet.
- Seattle has struggled at the big league level under Zduriencik, but the Mariners appear to have amassed an impressive collection of talent in the minor leagues, Rob Neyer of SBNation says. Danny Hultzen, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, was excellent in a Thursday start that marked his return from the disabled list. Hultzen threw six shutout innings, walking one and striking out six.
Aaron Steen contributed to this post.