2017 NFL Snap Counts: Week 2 Cover Image
2017 NFL Snap Counts: Week 2
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Tony Barnette (R) Headshot

Barnette retired only two of four batters faced, but kept the Mariners off the board Tuesday during the Rangers' 3-1 win.

Entering the contest in the seventh inning with one out and nobody on, Barnette immediately put himself into hot water by loading the bases with a walk and back-to-back base hits. Fortunately, he was able to escape the inning unscathed by picking Yonder Alonso off third base, then coaxing a lineout from Ben Gamel. Barnette has yielded just one run in his last nine appearances and seems to have established himself as one of manager Jeff Banister's most trusted late-inning options.
12:30 pm (EST)
Carlos Gómez (R) Headshot

Gomez (ankle) entered Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Mariners in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter, doubling in his lone at-bat.

Gomez hadn't played in more than a week due to a sprained right ankle, but after taking batting practice without issue earlier in the day, he was able to convince manager Jeff Banister to hand him a plate appearance Tuesday. The decision certainly paid dividends, as Gomez provided a leadoff hit that eventually led to the go-ahead run when he was lifted for a pinch runner. It appears the ankle injury still may be significant enough to keep Gomez out of the lineup for a few more days, however, as manager Jeff Banister told the Associated Press that he wants the veteran to do more defensive drills and baserunning before returning to the outfield. Deploying Gomez at designated hitter as a means of getting his bat in the lineup isn't a viable option for the Rangers at this time with Adrian Beltre handling that role while a hamstring injury continues to prevent the third baseman from playing the field.
12:26 pm (EST)
LeSean McCoy Headshot

McCoy will get a scheduled rest day Wednesday, Chris Brown of th Bills' official site reports.

McCoy has been nicked up through the first two regular-season games, but it's nothing that will threaten his availability for this week's game against Denver, where he'll try to bounce back from one of the worst outings of his career. McCoy rushed for just nine yards on 12 totes in the loss to Carolina.
12:24 pm (EST)
Nick Foligno Headshot

Foligno saw 25:13 of ice time in Tuesday's preseason clash with Chicago.

Despite the high volume of minutes -- which included 8:17 with the man advantage -- Foligno compiled just one shot on goal, three hits and two blocks. After missing the Blue Jackets' final playoff contest, the 29-year-old appears to be back to 100 percent and should challenge for the 50-point mark again this year.
12:21 pm (EST)
Tony Zych (R) Headshot

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Tuesday that Zych (elbow) has resumed playing catch and could return before the end of the regular season, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports.

Zych has been on the disabled list since Aug. 20 with a right elbow flexor bundle strain. While he has yet to resume mound work, Zych isn't throwing the towel in on 2017 just yet, though time is beginning to work against him. He'll likely need to complete a bullpen session and face hitters within the next week to have a realistic chance of being activated from the DL and make an appearance prior to the Oct. 1 season finale.
12:18 pm (EST)
Chad Kuhl (R) Headshot

Kuhl is not scheduled to start a game this weekend against the Cardinals, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle named Ivan Nova, Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon as his starters against St. Louis, leaving Kuhl as the odd man out. Kuhl allowed four home runs in 4.2 innings in Cincinnati his last time out, lifting his season ERA and WHIP to 4.31 and 1.46, respectively. It's uncertain if he will get another chance to start before the end of the season.
12:17 pm (EST)
Dan Altavilla (R) Headshot

Altavilla isn't expected to be available for the Mariners' next few games after he took a line drive off his right ankle in Saturday's game against the Astros, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports.

It's believed that Altavilla is just dealing with some soreness stemming from the incident, so the Mariners are hopeful he'll be able to appear again before the season draws to a close Oct. 1. Altavilla has been one of the Mariners' top performers out of the bullpen since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma at the beginning of the month, tossing six scoreless innings and striking out four batters.
12:14 pm (EST)
Billy Hamilton (B) Headshot

Hamilton (thumb) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.

This move comes as a relative surprise considering Hamilton was expected to miss the rest of the season, but obviously he's recovered enough to the point that the club feels safe adding him back to the active roster. Owners should be wary about Hamilton's usage moving forward though, since it seems likely that he will be fairly limited in the field just two weeks removed from fracturing his left thumb, and may only be used to pinch run for the time being. It remains to be seen how manager Bryan Price will utilize Hamilton for the rest of the 2017 season, although the 27-year-old is in the midst of another typical year, hitting .248/.299/.333 with 37 RBI and 58 stolen bases.
12:11 pm (EST)
Starling Marte (R) Headshot

Marte went 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases in his return from a pinky injury Tuesday.

After missing nearly a week, Marte stole his 17th and 18th bases of the season. The outfielder will look to pad his stats after an 80-game suspension and should reach 20 steals with little trouble. He also has an outside chance of beating the nine homers he hit in 2016. Marte currently sits at six home runs.
12:10 pm (EST)
Hisashi Iwakuma (R) Headshot

Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed Tuesday that Iwakuma (shoulder) won't pitch again in 2017, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports.

The veteran has been sidelined since early May with inflammation in his right shoulder and held out hope that he'd be able to return at some point in September, but with multiple setbacks derailing him along the way and Iwakuma having not progressed past throwing a simulated game, it was no longer feasible for him to rejoin the team with 11 contests remaining on the schedule. Since the shoulder has been a recurring issue for him in recent seasons, Iwakuma plans to weigh treatment options this offseason, with surgery seemingly a possibility. Iwakuma, who will turn 36 in December, seems likely to have his $10 million club option declined this winter.
12:00 pm (EST)
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