It wasn't long ago that Mariners fans watched Mariner great Ken Griffey Jr. play his final game at Safeco Field. On Saturday, though, they will watch him get inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame right where he ended his career just more than three years earlier.
Griffey will accept the honor prior to Saturday's middle game of a three-game set against the Brewers, and all eyes will be on him again, just as they were when he began and ended his 22-year career with the Mariners.
Mariners acting manager Robby Thompson thinks the ceremony will rub off well on his young team.
"I think they all have their own goals, and there's not a lot of Griffey's around," Thompson said. "I think it's going to be a neat thing for these guys walking around the clubhouse. They'll see him out there tomorrow and I think it'll be a good thing for them. He's a big part of the tradition here and the Seattle Mariners. He's a great player, a Hall-of-Fame type player, so it'll be nice to have him around."
Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley was already around Griffey once, and was left with nothing but good things to say about him.
"My first Spring Training was one of his last Spring Trainings, and I was in the clubhouse with him and all that," Ackley said. "It was a cool experience to meet him and see what kind of guy he was. Everyone knows how great a player he was, but to find out he was a great guy, great teammate and all that, it makes it that much more special."
All-Star Hisashi Iwakuma will take the mound for Seattle and try to help them even the series. The 32-year-old right-hander ranks second in the American League with a 5.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio and fifth with a 2.75 ERA.
Iwakuma allowed just two runs on four hits in 7 1/3 innings in his last start against the Blue Jays, but he took the loss.
The Brewers were the team Griffey faced the most in his career, totaling 167 games and 697 plate appearances, and they will send out Tom Gorzelanny to make his first start since getting hit by a line drive against the Nationals on Aug. 2. Gorzelanny said he could have made his next start on Wednesday, but the Brewers opted for caution and pushed him back to Saturday.
"I felt like I was good to go today, but we were just being cautious with it," Gorzelanny said on Wednesday "There was still a little swelling in there and we didn't want to risk it. A couple extra days [don't hurt]."
The left-hander has a 2-4 record and 2.78 ERA in 38 appearances this season, including six starts.
Brewers: Weeks out for year
The Brewers confirmed Friday that Rickie Weeks will miss the rest of the season, and the second baseman will need to decide in the coming days whether to undergo surgery for a torn tendon in his left hamstring.
Weeks suffered the injury when he tripped over his bat running to first base on Wednesday in San Francisco. He returned to Milwaukee for an MRI, and an examination by Brewers head physician William Raasch, which revealed that one of the three tendons that comprise the hamstring had separated from the bone.
Whether Weeks chooses surgery or not, his rehabilitation is expected to take 4-6 months.
Scooter Gennett -- No. 10 on MLB.com's list of Brewers' prospects -- has played two separate stints this season with the Brewers and was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take Weeks' spot as the regular second baseman.
Gennett enters Saturday hitting .231/.286/.404 with a home run and five RBIs in 57 plate appearances. Weeks hit .209 with 10 home runs in 399 plate appearances this season.
Mariners: Gutierrez set to begin rehab assignment
Franklin Gutierrez will begin yet another rehab assignment (his fourth of the year) on Saturday. The center fielder won the 2007 Gold Glove Award and was hitting .267 with five home runs in 18 games this season, but due to a number of ailments, he has only played in 58 games the past two seasons.
• The Brewers enter Saturday 4-9 in Interleague Play this season, while the Mariners are 6-9.
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.