BALTIMORE -- Mike Carp had to do some cross-country hustling, but the Mariners first baseman arrived back from California just in time to be in the lineup for Monday's series-opener against the Orioles.
But despite operating on four hours sleep, the 26-year-old was all smiles after spending time with his newborn daughter, Calais, then jetting back to rejoin the team and going 1-for-4 in the Mariners' 3-1 loss at Camden Yards. Carp's single broke up Chris Tillman's no-hit bid in the fifth inning.
"It was tough to leave this morning," said Carp, whose girlfriend gave birth to their 6-pound, 6-ounce daughter on Saturday in Long Beach, Calif., just minutes before he took the field at Yankee Stadium. "I didn't want to let her go, especially when I was talking to her and she was trying to open her eyes.
"I was telling her goodbye and I'll see you in a couple days [when the Mariners play in Anaheim]. We'll get in Thursday morning and I'll have that whole day off and then the whole weekend just to hang out. It'll be awesome."
Carp had the game-winning hit in Saturday's 1-0 victory for Felix Hernandez, then left reporters wondering what was going on when he hustled out of the clubhouse afterward with a quick apology for his abrupt departure. Turns out, he was headed to the airport and a flight home to see his first child.
Carp said the baby wasn't due until Aug. 22, so the timing was a bit of a surprise.
"We were hoping she'd hold out for Anaheim or some stretch when I was on the West Coast," Carp said. "But she wanted to come and there was no stopping her. I got in about 10 o'clock at night and there was no greater feeling in the world. There she was. She's mine. She's a sweetheart already. She's precious."
So will be Carp's time this weekend in Anaheim, which is just 20 minutes from his offseason home in Long Beach.
"There's no greater feeling," Carp said, after proudly showing pictures on his cell phone. "It's something I wasn't expecting, but now I'd never want to take it back."
Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen and his wife are also awaiting the birth of their first daughter, who is expected to arrive any day in Seattle. Wilhelmsen is still with the team on its East Coast trip, awaiting a phone call any time.
Elbow forces Ryan to miss second straight game
BALTIMORE -- Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan was sidelined for a second straight game on Monday by a bruised left elbow, but expects to be back in the lineup Tuesday as Seattle continues its series with the Orioles.
Ryan was knocked out of Saturday's game when Yankees starter Hideki Kuroda nailed him with a fastball off the tip of his elbow.
"He's doing all right," said manager Eric Wedge. "Hopefully we'll have him for the left-hander [Zach Britton] tomorrow."
Ryan, sporting a wrap around his swollen arm, said he was able to bend it much better than the day before and was available to pinch-run on Monday, if needed.
"I'd be lying if I told you my forearm is normally that big," Ryan said with a laugh. "It looks like extra muscle, but that's certainly not the case. It's just swelling and that's what is keeping me from my range of motion. But I'm going to run around and get the blood flowing. It's a waiting game, because there's nothing more than you can do."
Ryan, an excellent defender, has spent much of this season lifting his batting average up after a slow early start. He's hit .274 over his past 40 games and finally is at .204. He certainly doesn't want to miss time now, just when he's heating up.
"I'm going to try to play [Tuesday]," Ryan said. "I would imagine if it improved this much, then each day it should be twice as good. Unless it doesn't get better at all, I'm pretty sure I'll be in there."
Rookie Ramirez to remain at Triple-A
BALTIMORE -- Rookie right-hander Erasmo Ramirez finished his Minor League rehab assignment and was activated from the 15-day disabled list, but then was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma in order to continue pitching for the Rainiers.
The Mariners want to get the 22-year-old Nicaraguan more time in the Minors after he went 1-0 with a 5.11 ERA in three starts during his rehab stint.
"He's got to earn his way back up here, it's as simple as that," manager Eric Wedge said Monday. "Our starting pitching up here has been pretty good. He's a young pitcher. His last outing was better, his outing before wasn't very good. So he just has to be more consistent and earn his way back up here, no different than [Hector] Noesi or anybody else down there."
Ramirez was pulled from his last start with the Mariners on June 30 after feeling discomfort in his right elbow. He had split time between Seattle and Tacoma already this season, going 0-2 with a 3.82 ERA in 11 appearances -- including four starts -- with the Mariners and 4-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 starts with the Rainiers.
Since Ramirez went on the disabled list, Blake Beavan has solidified his spot in the rotation with four straight wins since being recalled from Tacoma.
"He's taken advantage of it," Wedge said. "He's been pitching well, so hopefully he'll continue doing that."
Hisashi Iwakuma has also pitched well since moving into the rotation just prior to the All-Star break.
• Mariners catcher Jesus Montero continues to feast on left-handed pitchers, ranking fifth in the American League with his .359 batting average. Seattle faces lefty Zach Britton on Tuesday, the only southpaw they'll see in this series.
• Mariners starters had the lowest ERA in the Majors in July at 2.73, which set a club record for the lowest ERA in any single month. The old mark was 2.81, set in September/October of 1993.
• Rookie reliever Carter Capps, the youngest player on the Mariners, turns 22 on Tuesday. He is just the second player from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft to make his Major League debut, joining D-backs pitcher Trevor Bauer.
• Reliever Charlie Furbush, on the 15-day disabled list with a left triceps strain, was scheduled to pitch an inning for Triple-A Tacoma in his second rehab appearance on Monday night. Wedge said if everything went well, he'll then rejoin the Mariners.
• Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez continues working out with Tacoma, but still isn't ready to begin his 20-day rehab stint as he comes back from a concussion on June 29.
"He had a pretty good day [on Sunday], but we have to start stringing them together before he starts playing," Wedge said.