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Steve Cishek | Relief Pitcher | #31

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 217
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Carson-Newman
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 5 (0) / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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Steve Cishek (hip) played catch Tuesday for the first time since arriving to Mariners' camp.
Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN said that things "appeared to go well." It was an important step for Cishek, who required offseason surgery to fix a torn labrum and also had microfracture surgery. The hope is that he could be ready to return by the end of April, but it will all depend on how his body responds to ramping things up. Feb 21 - 1:32 PM

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Steve Cishek (hip) is scheduled to play catch Tuesday for the first time since arriving at Mariners camp.

"It's a big day for me," the rehabbing reliever told reporters on Monday morning. Cishek needed microfracture surgery on his left hip back in October and will almost certainly open the 2017 season on the disabled list, but he could be ready to rock before the end of April.
Feb 20 - 11:06 AM

Steve Cishek (hip) is on track to begin throwing off a mound in early March.

Cishek is recovering from microfracture surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The reliever is almost surely going to begin the season on the disabled list. "He’s got the get his legs under him," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "His arm is fine. He’s working his arm, but he’s not (yet) putting the whole throwing motion together because of the hip issue. It was a little more severe than the doctors initially anticipated. That’s why he’s a little slower in his recovery." 
Feb 17 - 9:47 AM

Steve Cishek (hip) might not be ready for Opening Day.

It was reported back in October that Cishek underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, but he also had microfracture surgery to repair more damage. He's still only playing some light catch, so Opening Day might be overly ambitious.
Feb 14 - 2:18 PM

Steve Cishek (hip) has begun a light throwing program.

Mariners assistant trainer Rob Nodine called it "very light." Cishek needed surgery immediately after the 2016 season to repair a torn labrum in his left hip -- a procedure that usually comes with 4-6 months of rest and rehab. The right-hander is iffy for the opening of the 2017 campaign.
Jan 26 - 1:22 PM

Steve Cishek will be sidelined for the next 4-6 months after having surgery last week to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.

Cishek spent time on the disabled list but returned to pitch with the injury in the second half this season. However, he decided to go ahead and get it taken care of now. Given that Opening Day is less than six months away, there would seem to be a pretty good chance the reliever might begin next year on the DL.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 06:52:00 PM

Mariners activated RHP Steve Cishek from the 15-day disabled list.

Cishek admitted Friday that he has a much better range of motion than he did prior to his stint on the disabled list. He'll be working in a setup role in front of new closer Edwin Diaz, which severely limits his fantasy value.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 07:12:00 PM

Steve Cishek (hip) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Monday for Short-Season Everett.

Cishek's hip injury was once thought to be season-ending but now it looks like he might only miss a few weeks. Though he opened the year as Seattle's closer, Cishek will serve in a setup role upon his return with Edwin Diaz handling the ninth inning.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 06:56:00 PM

Steve Cishek (hip) is expected to resume throwing off a mound this weekend.

Cishek recently got a cortisone injection in his injured left hip and he has been playing catch and doing flat-ground workouts without issue, though there remains no timetable for his return from the disabled list. Edwin Diaz is the closer now in Seattle.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 08:05:00 PM

Steve Cishek isn't considering surgery on his injured hip at this point.

Cishek is dealing with a torn labrum in his left hip but it's only considered a minor tear. Even if Cishek makes a quick recovery, he won't have much fantasy relevance now that Edwin Diaz has ascended to the closer role.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 08:47:00 PM

Mariners placed RHP Steve Cishek on the 15-day disabled list with a torn labrum in his left hip.

It's already been a rough week for Cishek, who was removed from the closer role after Monday's collapse against the Red Sox. This injury could be a season-ender, particularly if he has to undergo surgery. For a reference point, Tim Lincecum had surgery for a similar injury in September and didn't return to the mound until June. Fantasy owners gearing up for the stretch run can safely cut bait on Cishek.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 06:10:00 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said after Monday's game that Steve Cishek has been pulled from the closer role.

Servais finally decided to make the change after Cishek gave up the go-ahead homer in Monday's loss to the Red Sox. He now owns a 7.20 ERA over his last 10 appearances and a 4.91 ERA over his last 28 appearances dating back to mid-May. "Probably take the gas off a little bit," manager Scott Servais said. "Try to get him into some better spots. Maybe not when the game is on the line all of the time." Servais said that rookie right-hander Edwin Diaz will take over as closer, so he should be added in all fantasy formats.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 08:26:00 AM

Steve Cishek was perfect in the ninth, earning him his 24th save Tuesday against the Pirates.

The Mariners no longer look like buyers, so it's become more likely that Cishek will finish out the year as a closer. He's pitched five scoreless innings in his last four appearances, bringing his ERA back down to 2.80.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Steve Cishek tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Blue Jays on Friday for his 23rd save of the season.

Cishek struck out the first two batters he faced before issuing a walk to Edwin Encarnacion and giving up a single to Troy Tulowitzki. However, he wiggled out of the jam by striking out Michael Saunders to end it. Cishek hit a rough patch earlier this month, but at least he has responded with three straight scoreless appearances.
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 10:35:00 PM

Steve Cishek picked up a save despite giving up a solo homer to the Royals' Salvador Perez on Friday.

Cishek gave up two runs and took his fifth blown save Thursday. Fortunately, he had a two-run lead to the work with in this one. Still, his spot as Seattle's closer doesn't seem as secure as it was a couple of weeks ago. Ideally, the Mariners could trade for an upgrade.
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 11:24:00 PM

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