Sweeney’s injury helps explain Seattle’s interest in Russell Branyan. With this season falling apart and the team’s best player soon to leave in trade, acquiring Branyan might be a face-saving move for Jack Zduriencik. He can not be faulted for the Mariners collapse, but it is nevertheless embarrassing to begin the season with such high hopes and exit June with a real shot of a top five pick in next year’s amateur draft.
Mike Sweeney To Disabled List
By John Morgan