Jarred Kelenic back with Mariners for stretch run

OAKLAND — At this time in 2015, Jarred Kelenic was among the drivers managing the Mariners’ September rise that saw them almost reach the postseason. And after being remembered from Triple-A Tacoma ahead of Wednesday’s video game versus the A’s at the Coliseum, he’s intending to reproduce a few of that late-season magic. 

Only this time, his function won’t be as popular — a minimum of in the meantime. 

“Whatever I can to help this team win,” Kelenic stated. “Whatever they need me to do. If they need me to pitch, I’ll be ready to pitch.”

Kelenic was not in the beginning lineup versus Oakland righty James Kaprielian, whom he’s hitless versus in 8 plate looks. Seattle rather began Jesse Winker in left field. Winker, too, has actually seen lessened playing time, sitting versus the majority of lefties and being raised late in video games 12 times over the previous month, usually when the Mariners have a lead and supervisor Scott Servais goes with a more powerful protector. 

That’s likewise how they’ll likely utilize Kelenic, who took the lineup area of fellow left-handed-hitting outfielder Taylor Trammell — who was likewise seeing nearly no playing time, amounting to simply 17 plate looks over the last 3 weeks regardless of playing above-average defense. The Mariners likewise designated Jake Lamb for task and picked catcher Luis Torrens from Tacoma on Wednesday.

“He’ll get a chance to play,” Servais stated of Kelenic. “He will probably not play every day for us, but we’ll mix him in and give us an opportunity to give guys a break.”

Kelenic plays hard, runs the bases well, has actually revealed protective enhancements this year after vacating center field — and more primarily, of late, he’s striking. Since being optioned to Tacoma on Aug. 11, his 2nd stint there this season, Kelenic struck .307/.384/.567 (.951 OPS), with 7 homers and 12 doubles in 33 video games. Over the previous 2 weeks (Sept. 6-18), it’s .400/.451/.711 (1.162 OPS).

“It’s been a really good last couple of weeks,” Kelenic stated. “I went through a rough patch probably like three weeks ago and made a good adjustment and just ran with it.”

Specifically, Kelenic concentrated on having less moving parts to what he referred to as a more “clean” swing. Recognizing and making those changes were undoubtedly an obstacle previously this year. 

“I kind of have an idea of when something is a little bit out of whack,” Kelenic stated. “But for me, I knew that, especially when I wasn’t performing, something wasn’t right, [so I] just worked on getting back to where I wanted to be.”

Hitting at Triple-A has actually never ever been an obstacle; 53 of his 104 hits there, majority, have actually opted for additional bases, consisting of a massive 32 folds 86 video games. But he’s had a hard time to equate that to the Majors, where he’s struck .124/.187/.265 (.452 OPS) in 40 video games this year. 

“You’re never, ever going to be content,” Kelenic stated. “I think that this game is … constantly, you’re going to have to make adjustments. You’re never going to have it 100 percent figured out. So for me, it’s just about the small things that I need to make sure I’ve got to do to get ready to try to stay as consistent as possible. And when something feels off, make the adjustment to get back on track.”

Last September/October, Kelenic struck .248/.331/.524 (.854 OPS) with 7 homers, and was among Seattle’s finest gamers throughout the club’s late playoff run. Back with the group once again, he’ll get a possibility to contribute once again, even if not as frequently.

“I think the one thing that stood out for me last year in September for Jarred was he was totally focused on doing whatever helped us win the game that day,” Servais stated. “That’s what happens in September. … When Jarred is in that mode, like a lot of players, they play much better. They play freer, and hopefully that’s what we see from him.”

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