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SEATTLE – You don’t have to preach to Mariners center fielder Braden Bishop about the contagious nature of the novel coronavirus. His younger brother Hunter contracting it was all the confirmation he needed.
Given the organization’s plan of playing the young kids to generate big-league experience and looking at the 40-man roster and projected Opening Day roster, the concept of camp battles for roster spots has been largely nonexistent this spring. But there is genuine competition for the last two of the bench spots on the roster.
As the bulk of the clubhouse methodically packed its bags and readied for a night flight to Detroit with all the emotionless comportment of goat watchers, there was quite the opposite feeling at Braden Bishop’s locker. He was positively giddy as he packed up his equipment bag, double-checking it a few times and smiling as he tossed a few last things in there.
Before the Mariners’ series opener against Kansas City, Braden Bishop was back in front on his locker on Monday afternoon, back in the M’s clubhouse for the first time since having emergency surgery June 5 to repair a ruptured a blood vessel in his spleen.
Mariners outfielder Braden Bishop has been hospitalized in Seattle after suffering a lacerated spleen from being hit by a pitch last week while playing in Triple-A Tacoma. Seattle manager Scott Servais said that Bishop had some procedures done and he remains hospitalized. Bishop was placed on the 10-day injured list after the extent of his injury was revealed. Servais said doctors want to keep an eye on Bishop and he’ll likely be in the hospital another day or two.
Smith is hitting .065 (3 for 46) in his past 15 games (11 starts) with a double, five walks and 18 strikeouts.
CLEVELAND – Who should know more about Washington center fielder Braden Bishop than his hometown club? The Seattle Mariners selected Bishop with their third-round pick Tuesday (No. 94) overall) when Major League Baseball resumed its 40-round draft, which runs through Wednesday.