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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
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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 return 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. Oct 17 - 6:52 PM

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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.
Aug 19 - 7:12 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.
Aug 13 - 6:56 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.
Aug 9 - 8:05 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.
Aug 4 - 8:47 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.
Aug 4 - 6:10 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.
Aug 2 - 8:26 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.
Jul 26 - 11:00 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.
Jul 22 - 10:35 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.
Jul 8 - 11:24 PM

Steve Cishek recorded just one out against the Royals on Thursday, allowing two runs for his fifth blown save of the year.

Cishek was in trouble from the get-go, giving up a leadoff double to Whit Merrifield and hitting Kendrys Morales to put the winning run on base with no outs. After recovering to strike out Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez drove a two-run double over the center fielder's head to give the Royals a walk-off win. Cishek has been pretty good overall, owning a 2.84 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 47/13 K/BB ratio over 38 innings, but he's been prone to meltdowns. They're infrequent enough that he's not likely to be removed from his role right now, but he's likely not on the most solid ground at this point.
Jul 8 - 1:14 AM

Steve Cishek worked around a one-out double in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead and nail down his 17th save.

Cishek is quietly having an excellent season in his first year in Seattle. He has a 2.62 ERA and has fanned 41 batters in 34 1/3 innings. He has converted 17 of 21 save opportunities.
Jun 26 - 2:12 AM

Steve Cishek took a loss after giving up one run in 1 2/3 innings Thursday against the Tigers.

Cishek, who hadn't pitched in six days, worked a scoreless ninth in a tie game, but he couldn't get through the 10th, losing the game on a wild pitch. It was his second loss of the year. He's 16-for-20 in save situations.
Jun 23 - 5:10 PM

Steve Cishek imploded in Saturday's 9-7 loss to the Angels, surrendering three runs in the ninth for his third blown save of the season.

Cishek blew the save on Friday and was back in dire straits a day later. On Saturday, he trotted in from the bullpen with the Mariners holding a 7-6 lead. After recording the first out without issue, Cishek proceeded to have all of the issues, hitting Kole Calhoun, surrendering a single to Mike Trout and coughing up a three-run homer to Albert Pujols. And that, as they say, was that. The recent spate of ill-fortune has pushed Cishek's ERA from a tidy 0.98 to a less crisp 3.10 across 20 1/3 innings. He is now 11-for-14 in save chances.
May 15 - 1:07 AM

Steve Cishek took his second blown save and loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Friday against the Angels.

The go-ahead hit was a fortunate jam shot off the bat of C.J. Cron, but Cishek will take responsibilities for the mistakes he made leading up to it. He still has a 1.86 ERA and a 22/6 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings on the season.
May 14 - 1:56 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Carlos Ruiz
3Jesus Sucre
4Steven Baron
1B1Daniel Vogelbach
2Danny Valencia
3D.J. Peterson
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
2Richie Shaffer
LF1Seth Smith
2Mike Freeman
CF1Leonys Martin
2Guillermo Heredia
RF1Ben Gamel
2Mitch Haniger
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Ariel Miranda
5Robert Whalen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2Steve Cishek
3Nick Vincent
4Evan Scribner
5Nate Karns
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Daniel Altavilla
8Dean Kiekhefer
9James Pazos
10Thyago Vieira
11Cody Martin
12Micah Owings
13Paul Fry