Player News - Mariners

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Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

Cruz crushed a two-run shot off Pirates starter Jonathon Niese in the fifth inning. The dinger was his 20th of the season. In addition to that lofty mark, the veteran slugger is slashing a stupendous .284/.367/.537 and has driven in 53 runs. On the micro level, he has homered in back-to-back contests.
Jun 29 - 1:37 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Pirates, yielding two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Nice rebound outing for Iwakuma, who surrendered five runs in his last start. He found much smoother sailing on Tuesday. For the season, the veteran right-hander owns a 4.34 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He will face off with the Orioles in a home start next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 29 - 1:23 AM

Wade LeBlanc will remain in the Mariners starting rotation to start against the Orioles on Friday.

He's taking the place of Nate Karns who is being shifted to the bullpen for the time being. LeBlanc returned to the big league in impressive fashion on Friday, shutting out the Cardinals over six innings of work. He should at least get a few more chances to start until Felix Hernandez is ready to return from the disabled list.
Jun 28 - 7:24 PM

Taijuan Walker (foot) will start against the Orioles on Thursday.

Walker was skipped his last trip through the rotation due to tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. The hard-throwing right-hander will bring a 3.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 70/17 K/BB ratio into that matchup.
Jun 28 - 7:22 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais announced Tuesday that Nate Karns has been moved to the bullpen.

Karns has struggled in the M's rotation this season, compiling a 4.56 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 84/38 K/BB ratio across 81 innings. He has terrific stuff, but has gotten into trouble due to an extremely high walk rate (4.2 BB/9) this season. It'll be interesting to see if its a temporary move until he rights the ship, or if the M's believe his future is as a late-inning reliever.
Jun 28 - 7:20 PM

Felix Hernandez (calf) is scheduled to throw a 25-to-30 pitch bullpen session off of a mound on Tuesday.

It's the first time that the veteran right-hander has thrown off a mound since sustaining his calf injury on June 1. He's on track to rejoin the M's starting rotation around the All-Star break.
Jun 28 - 6:58 PM

Charlie Furbush (shoulder) is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Saturday.

The left-hander threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and felt great afterwards. He's getting closer to a minor league rehab assignment and should be able to rejoin the M's bullpen at some point around the All-Star break.
Jun 28 - 6:52 PM

The Mariners are "leaning toward" having Taijuan Walker (foot) start Thursday against the Orioles.

He was skipped last time through the rotation after being diagnosed with tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. Walker threw a bullpen session on Sunday and reported no issues. The right-hander holds a respectable 3.45 ERA in 14 starts this year. Unfortunately he's been plagued by a severe lack of run support and only has three victories.
Jun 27 - 11:08 AM

Franklin Gutierrez clobbered a three-run home run in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Sunday.

He also singled and drew a walk, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3. Gutierrez was in the lineup due to his ability to mash left-handed pitching, but impressively his three-run shot came off right-handed reliever Donn Roach in the sixth inning to tie the game at 6-6. Unfortunately, that would be the extent of the M's offense in the ballgame. With the two-hit effort, Gutierrez is now slashing .266/.336/.516 with nine homers and 25 RBI on the season. He's worth using in all formats whenever a left-hander is on the hill.
Jun 26 - 7:44 PM

James Paxton was touched up for five runs on eight hits over five frames in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

Paxton punched out six on the afternoon while walking two. He held the Cardinals to just one run through the first four innings, but the Red Birds erupted for four more in the fourth. While he has definitely flashed his dominance this year, he is surrendering way too much hard contact and is allowing base-runners at an alarming rate. He'll bring a 4.15 ERA and 1.67 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Orioles.
Jun 26 - 7:44 PM

Nate Karns surrendered four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings, leading the Mariners to a 5-4 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.

He did not pitch very well but snared a win anyway. The big blow was a 5th-inning, three-run home run by Aledmys Diaz that ruined what had been a very effective outing up to that point. The poor game boosts Karns' ERA up to 4.56 on the season. He strikes out a lot of batters (9.33 K/9) but spoils that by walking too many (4.22 BB/9). He will face the Orioles in his next start on Friday in Seattle.
Jun 26 - 2:21 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

Leonys Martin laced three singles in five chances and scored a run on Saturday.

Martin is having the best season of his career after being terrible last year. He has traded some speed for more power this year. His 11 home runs are already a career high despite moving from a hitters' park in Texas to a pitchers' park in Seattle. He is hitting .257/.324/.450 with 26 runs, 26 RBI and nine steals.
Jun 26 - 2:06 AM

Charlie Furbush (shoulder) has resumed throwing bullpen sessions.

Furbush hasn't pitched in a major league game since July 2015 due to shoulder issues, but he's finally making some progress. It's unclear when he'll go out on a minor league rehab assignment, but he'll likely a bunch of appearances before being a legitimate consideration to rejoin the Mariners.
Jun 25 - 11:43 AM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Friday that Felix Hernandez (calf) continues to show improvement.

"He's feeling good," said Servais. "He's picking up his throwing routine, getting stretched out. I think he's trying to get out to 120 feet today. I heard him arguing with [trainer Rick] Griffin in there about wanting to do a little bit more, so you know he's progressing really nicely. We can't have him soon enough." King Felix has been sidelined since May 27 with a right calf strain, but he's likely on track to return right after the All-Star break.
Jun 25 - 11:41 AM


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