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Mariners recalled LHP Roenis Elias from Triple-A Tacoma.

He'll start on Sunday against the Twins in place of the injured Hisashi Iwakuma (lat). Iwakuma could be sidelined for up to a month, so Elias might be in line to make a handful of starts for the big club. The left-hander had struggled in the early going at Tacoma with an 8.04 ERA, but he had a nice 3.85 ERA and 7.9 K/9 rate in his rookie season last year.
Apr 26 - 8:33 AM

Mariners optioned LHP Lucas Luetge to Triple-A Tacoma.

He tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames in his lone appearance on Saturday. Luetge is being sent out to clear room for Roenis Elias, who will start Sunday.
Apr 26 - 8:29 AM

James Paxton yielded four runs -- one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Saturday against the Twins.

Paxton struck out seven. His velocity, while still down some from last year, was slightly better than it's been previously this season. He's not nearly out of the woods yet, but his fortunes seem a little better tonight than they did six days ago, when he got lit up by the hapless Rangers.
Apr 26 - 1:01 AM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 and hit his second homer Saturday against the Twins.

Jackson was homerless in his first 65 games in Seattle before hitting two in the last six. We still harbor serious doubts that he'll prove to be a quality leadoff man for the Mariners this year, but at least things are looking up from last year's dreadful results.
Apr 26 - 12:56 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma's MRI revealed a Grade 1 lat strain and he will miss 2-to-4 weeks.

Iwakuma didn't look right Tuesday against the Astros and was placed on the DL three days later. Now we know why his early season performance hasn't been up to snuff. Roenis Elias will be called up to take Iwakuma's place in the starting rotation.
Apr 25 - 8:35 PM

Felix Hernandez pitched his 10th career shutout Friday as the Mariners beat the Twins 2-0.

Hernandez struck out nine and walked none in the five-hitter. All of the Twins' hits were singles, and they made him throw just 102 pitches in his nine innings. Not only was the shutout his first since 2012, but it was actually his first complete game since his last shutout; he never went the distance in his near-Cy Young campaign last year.
Apr 25 - 12:31 AM

Logan Morrison hit his first homer Friday off the Twins' Phil Hughes.

Morrison hadn't had an extra-base hit or an RBI in 51 at-bats entering this one. On the other hand, he's struck out just six times, so one would think the hits would start coming soon. The Mariners don't really have another first baseman, so they'll be slow to pull the plug on Morrison if his slump lingers. They could put Seth Smith there if necessary.
Apr 25 - 12:27 AM

Roenis Elias is expected to start in place of the injured Hisashi Iwakuma for the Mariners on Sunday.

Elias is scheduled to pitch at Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, so pushing him back a day and allowing him to work against the Twins makes logical sense. Expect a formal announcement from manager Lloyd McClendon following Friday's game.
Apr 24 - 10:46 PM

Mariners recalled LHP Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Tacoma.

The 28-year-old hurler appeared in 12 games for the Marlins in 2014, posting a 5.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over nine innings. His stay is likely to be short lived as the M's must decide how to handle Hisashi Iwakuma's vacant rotation spot on Sunday.
Apr 24 - 9:12 PM

Mariners placed RHP Hisashi Iwakuma on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, with a strained lat muscle.

Iwakuma was scheduled to start on Sunday, though it's unclear at the moment who will fill in for him. He posted a troublesome 6.61 ERA and 1.40 WHIP awhile allowing five home runs over 16 1/3 innings in his first three starts. The M's hope to have him back in the rotation in late-May.
Apr 24 - 9:10 PM

Pat Listach, the manager at Triple-A Tacoma, indicated Thursday that Carlos Quentin will play first base twice a week and otherwise will function as the team's designated hitter.

Due to Quentin's chronic knee injuries, the Mariners want to keep him as healthy as possible, so he won't be roaming the outfield at all. He's nothing more than organizational depth at this point, but he should get a chance with the big league club at some point during the season should injuries strike.
Apr 23 - 9:16 PM

Mike Zunino hit a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Astros.

Zunino hit the bomb off of Roberto Hernandez in the third inning. It was his second of the season and would be his only hit in the contest, as he finished 1-for-3. Zunino hit 22 home runs in 2014, but outside of the pop, his bat offers very little. Even with the nice home run total, he slashed just .199/.254/.404 last season. He's hitting even worse than that in 2015 and has logged just seven hits in 44 at-bats.
Apr 23 - 1:10 AM

J.A. Happ held the Astros to two runs over 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's victory.

Happ scattered eight hits and struck out five without issuing a walk. He was blanking the Astros through the first four innings, but a fifth inning RBI single by Jose Altuve and a seventh inning solo home run by Chris Carter dented his line with a few runs. Happ, who hasn't put up an ERA of lower than 4.22 since 2010, currently holds a 2.61 mark. We'll go out on a limb and predict that that's going to rise. He'll take his career-defying numbers on the road against the Rangers in his next outing.
Apr 23 - 12:50 AM

Mariners signed OF Carlos Quentin to a minor league contract.

Quentin was released by the Braves last week after being acquired in the Craig Kimbrel trade. He'll be assigned to Triple-A Tacoma.
Apr 22 - 8:01 PM

The Mariners are set to sign Carlos Quentin to a minor league deal, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.

Quentin was traded from the Padres to the Braves in the Craig Kimbrel deal, and the Braves subsequently released him on April 15. Quentin has some right-handed power but has had contact issues in recent years. It's a low-risk move for the Mariners.
Apr 22 - 7:47 PM


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