Valencia (wrist) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox. Valencia has now missed two consecutive games after injuring his wrist on a slide during Friday's contest. He underwent an MRI on the wrist Saturday, but the Mariners have yet to reveal the results of the scans. In the meantime, the Mariners recalled Dan Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma to help fill in at first base while Valencia remains day-to-day.
Valencia is out of Saturday's lineup after hurting his wrist on a slide in Friday's game, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Now we know why Valencia was out of the lineup after starting the previous 11 games. It is unclear if he will need to go for testing, but for now consider him day-to-day. Taylor Motter is starting at first place and hitting fifth in his place.
Valencia is out of Saturday's lineup against the White Sox. After starting 11 straight games and hitting .268/.375/.439 over that stretch, Valencia will take a seat against righty Mike Pelfrey. Taylor Motter will start at first base and hit fifth.
Valencia went 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk and a run in Friday's 2-1 extra-inning loss to the White Sox. The veteran isn't quite producing as in seasons past, but he's seen notable improvement in May after hitting just .181 in April. Valencia has two doubles, Friday's triple, three home runs and 11 RBI overall during the current month, leading to a .303/.370/.500 line.
Valencia went 2-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 9-6 loss to the Athletics. He was also caught stealing on his only attempt. The veteran infielder has snapped out of an early-season funk, with Tuesday's pair of hits boosting his May line to .345/.410/.545 with two doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI. Valencia hit just .181 in April, but he's raised his season average 73 points to .252 by hitting safely in 12 of his 14 games this month. The 31-year-old has also doubled his .222 BABIP from April to .444, while his hard contact rate has shot up from 23.6 to 38.5 percent thus far in May.