Player News - Mariners

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Franklin Gutierrez was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore neck.

Gutierrez is expected to be ready to go Tuesday after Monday's off day. The Mariners have Nelson Cruz in right field and Chris Iannetta in the designated hitter spot.
Jul 24 - 11:35 AM

Nelson Cruz had a monster day at the dish on Saturday, blasting two long balls and plating seven runs in a 14-5 rout of the Blue Jays.

Cruz got the party started in the third inning with a grand slam off of Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. He then capped off the offense for the M's with a towering three-run shot off Drew Storen in the eighth. He finished the afternoon 2-for-5 and is now hitting an impressive .288/.372/.548 with 25 homers and 65 RBI on the year.
Jul 23 - 4:28 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma was staked to a huge lead early on Saturday and cruised through six innings of two-run ball in an easy victory over the Blue Jays.

The Mariners provided him with 11 runs of support in the ballgame, making it so all Iwakuma had to do was throw strikes and avoid any major rallies against him. All told, he surrendered just four hits and three walks while striking out three. Now 11-6 on the season, he'll carry a 3.96 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Jul 23 - 4:28 PM

Shawn O'Malley is starting at shortstop and batting ninth for the Mariners on Saturday.

He gets the challenge of facing Jays' knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. With Ketel Marte on the disabled list, the door is open for O'Malley to see some extra time in the infield over the next week or so.
Jul 23 - 10:08 AM

Mariners recalled LHP David Rollins from Triple-A Tacoma.

Rollins returns to the Mariners to provide an extra arm from the left side in the bullpen. As they have been so many times this season, expect his stay with the M's to be relatively short.
Jul 23 - 9:20 AM

Mariners placed SS Ketel Marte on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20, with mononucleosis.

Marte has already missed a week of action with the illness, so while they wait on him to get well they'll utilize his roster spot elsewhere. David Rollins was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move to provide bullpen depth.
Jul 23 - 9:20 AM

James Paxton limited the Blue Jays to one run in seven innings as part of a 2-1 win on Friday.

That’s more like it. Paxton has scuffled a bit of late, but he was flat-out brilliant in this one, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out nine. He had struck out just five batters over his last three starts combined. The lone run scored on a solo homer by Michael Saunders in the second inning. Paxton will likely continue to have ups and downs, but a night like this showed what he's capable of doing. He'll bring a 4.18 ERA into a tough matchup against the Cubs next week.
Jul 22 - 10:38 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

Nori Aoki went 2-for-5 with a run scored against the Blue Jays on Friday.

Aoki doubled and tripled in the victory. The 34-year-old has hit leadoff in back-to-back games since returning from the minors, but there’s limited appeal here in mixed fantasy leagues.
Jul 22 - 10:34 PM

Ketel Marte will be placed on the disabled list after being diagnosed with mononucleosis.

Now it makes more sense why he's missed a week of action with what had been described as a stomach bug. Marte shouldn't need much more than another week before being activated. Shawn O'Malley and Luis Sardinas will share shortstop in his absence.
Jul 22 - 4:02 PM

Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a bullpens session Friday with no issues.

He should be ready to make a rehab start soon. Walker has battled tendinitis in his right foot for a while now before finally being placed on the DL earlier this month, but it appears he's feeling better. He should return in late July or early August.
Jul 22 - 4:00 PM

Ketel Marte (illness) remained out of the Mariners' lineup Friday.

Marte hasn't played in a week due to a stomach bug and also an ankle injury. Shawn O'Malley is filling in again at shortstop.
Jul 22 - 3:35 PM

Mariners recalled INF Luis Sardinas from Triple-A Tacoma.

He's taking the roster spot of Mike Montgomery, who has been traded to the Cubs. Sardinas is hitting just .190/.215/.286 in the majors this season.
Jul 22 - 2:13 PM

Mariners RHP prospect Nick Neidert fired five shutout innings Wednesday in a win for Low-A Clinton.

Neidert fanned two and didn't walk a batter. 45 of the right-hander's 62 pitches went for strikes. The 19-year-old has looked sharp in his first full minor league season, recording a stingy 2.39 ERA over 11 outings. He carries a ridiculous 48/7 K/BB and has limited opponents to a sluggish .217 batting average over 217 at-bats. Neidert joined the Mariners as a second-round draft pick out of high school last summer.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 21 - 10:49 AM

Mariners OF prospect Kyle Lewis will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his right ACL.

In addition to the torn ACL, Lewis also suffered a torn medial and lateral meniscus. He sustained the devastating injuries on a play at the plate on Tuesday while down with Low-A Everett. The Mariners selected the outfielder with the 11th overall pick in last month's draft. In 117 at-bats prior to the season-ending blow, Lewis was hitting .299/.385/.530 with eight doubles, five triples, three homers and 26 RBI. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto called the injury "heartbreaking." If there is any silver lining here, it is that Lewis is a ways away from the majors and should be able to move past this injury without damaging his future prospects.
Jul 20 - 10:09 PM


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