With players limited to the hotel or the stadium on road trips, Taylor Trammell decided to make his off day on Friday in Minnesota productive.
The rookie outfielder was frustrated with his recent plate appearances, which included just two hits in his last 25 plate appearances and 13 strikeouts.
So he used the off day to go over video with hitting coaches Tim Laker and Jarrett DeHart and discuss possible changes to his swing and approach.
On Saturday, he arrived at Target Field early to work on the suggestion and changes made by Laker and DeHart.
Trammell hit his first big league home run later that day and hit another on Sunday. He had three hits in the two games and felt much more comfortable at the plate.
“I give Taylor a ton of credit,” manager Scott Servais said. “They identified a couple things they thought might help. He got some really good work in there and it translated right into back to back games with home runs. Good for him understanding that didn’t feel quite right. Great job by hitting coaches to identify something that might be able to help him. They went and attacked it right away. You don’t often get the immediate results, but sometimes you do and it’s pretty gratifying when it happens.”
The Mariners placed left-handed reliever Anthony Misiewicz on the injured list without a listed reason and recalled right-handed pitcher Erik Swanson from the alternate training site.
“He’s on the IL and that’s all I can really say,” Servais said.
The reason for the vagueness is due to MLB’s policy when a player either tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to someone with COVID and is being quarantined.
Misiewicz has been one of Seattle’s most effective relievers out of the bullpen, not allowing an earned run in four games this season.
Swanson was one of five players on the Mariners’ taxi squad traveling with the team on the current road trip.
He posted a 2.84 ERA in 6 1/3 innings pitched in spring training with no walks and five strikeouts.
“Swanny threw about six or seven days ago at the alt site,” Servais said. “He’s thrown a couple of bullpens here on the road trip. I thought Erik had a really good spring training. He happened to be the odd man out as far as making our club on opening day. But like we said, at that point, there will be plenty of opportunity for him to impact in our bullpen.”
Evan White returned to the starting lineup after a quad strain kept him out of action for the first two games of the series in Minnesota. White entered the game on Sunday as a defensive specialist at first base.
Servais had no update on James Paxton, who was meeting with doctors about the second opinion on his MRI on Monday.
More tickets on sale
With King County remaining in phase 3, the Mariners have opened up ticket sales for 20 more games at T-Mobile Park from April 30 to June 2. The tickets available will still remain under the 9,000 fans based on social distancing guidelines and capacity limitations.
Those tickets will be first offered to season ticket holders on April 15 and fans who subscribe to Mariners mail on April 22.
Single game tickets will then go on sale on April 23 at 10 a.m.
Tickets are grouped in small, socially distanced pods of 1-6 fans who are part of the same household unit.
The entire pod must be purchased and cannot be split for resale.
Tickets are digital only and are available at Mariners.com/Tickets and at Mariners team stores.
The Mariners will also resume special events and promotions for those 20 games.
* May 3-5 vs. Baltimore Orioles — 3,000 fans per game will receive a Kingdome snap back cap, courtesy of Alaska Airlines;
* May 13-14 vs. Cleveland Indians — 5,000 fans per game will receive a Mariners neon cap;
* May 17-19 vs. Detroit Tigers — 3,000 fans per game will receive a Mariners tote bag, courtesy of EQC. Offer available to fans ages 21 and up;
* May 27-30 vs. Texas Rangers — 5,000 fans per game will receive a Marco Gonzales bobblehead, courtesy of ROOT SPORTS;
* June 1-2 vs. Oakland Athletics — 5,000 per game will receive a pair of JP P.J. pants.
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