Player News - Mariners

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Taiwan Walker (foot) is drawing strong trade interest, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Nightengale didn't mention which teams were interested, though he did say there will be scouts on hand for Walker's bullpen session Friday at Wrigley Field. Walker pitched a simulated game on Wednesday and is close to returning from a foot injury. He could be a good fit for the Marlins who are looking to add a controllable starting pitcher. Walker won't hit free agency until 2021.
Jul 28 - 9:19 PM

James Paxton surrendered three earned runs on six hits in five innings of work against the Pirates on Wednesday, fanning six while walking only one in the loss.

Now with a 4.27 ERA and a 61/17 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings, Paxton has been victimized by an unlucky .376 BABIP this season. He has attracted attention around the league this year due to a big three MPH increase in his fastball velocity. At 97.2 MPH he trails only Noah Syndergaard among starting pitchers.
Jul 27 - 10:23 PM

Nori Aoki smacked two doubles and scored the Mariners' only run of the game on Wednesday.

His team managed only three hits all night. The 34-year-old Aoki still gets plenty of playing time but hasn't made much of it this year. He has a .253 batting average with a .659 OPS in 309 plate appearances. He has only one home run, 39 runs and 13 RBI -- making him nearly irrelevant in fantasy leagues.
Jul 27 - 10:05 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said that Taijuan Walker (foot) will be reevaluated after he makes his first start on a rehab assignment.

Walker tossed a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday. He will have a bullpen session on Friday and (assuming no setbacks) could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday. Servais said that once he makes that start, the team will reevaluate to determine whether he is ready to be activated from the disabled list. Right foot tendinitis has plagued him this summer. He hasn't pitched since July 1.
Jul 27 - 4:07 PM

Nelson Cruz (foot) is out of the Mariners' starting lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.

Cruz left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his foot. It's just sore, and he's considered day-to-day. Seth Smith is starting in right field for the M's on Wednesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Jul 27 - 3:05 PM

Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a successful three-inning simulated game on Wednesday.

He'll throw a bullpen session in two days and could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment -- possibly as soon as Monday at Triple-A Tacoma. Walker has been on the disabled list since July 5 due to tendinitis in his right foot. He's on track for an early-August activation, assuming no setbacks.
Jul 27 - 2:53 PM

Mariners acquired RHP Drew Storen and cash from the Blue Jays for RHP Joaquin Benoit.

Storen was designated for assignment by Toronto on Sunday morning after posting a 6.21 ERA in 38 relief appearances. He's making an $8.375 million salary in 2016, and the Jays will cover the majority of what's left. Benoit has also been pretty terrible this season.
Jul 26 - 11:11 PM

Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double to lead the Mariners to a 7-4 win over the Pirates on Tuesday.

That's 20 homers and 28 doubles for Seager. He seems to be on his way to topping last year's career highs in both categories (26 homers, 37 doubles). He's also hitting .288, which is a lot better than his usual .260.
Jul 26 - 11:07 PM

Felix Hernandez surrendered four runs in six innings Tuesday in a win over the Pirates.

Hernandez got the W, but this wasn't exactly classic King Felix. He gave up two homers, one a bomb from Francisco Liriano, and seven more hits besides. He's allowed nine runs and 19 hits over 12 2/3 innings in his two starts since coming off the DL. Next up for him is a tough matchup against the Red Sox, making him a risky play in mixed leagues.
Jul 26 - 11:05 PM

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

Nelson Cruz was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Pirates because of a sore foot.

Cruz fouled a ball off his foot early Tuesday night and looked to be laboring as he ran from first base to third base on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh. It doesn't sound like anything too serious, but the big slugger figures to get a full day off Wednesday as a precautionary measure.
Jul 26 - 10:53 PM

Nelson Cruz made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Pirates with an apparent leg injury.

Cruz was moving gingerly as he went from first to third on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh inning and Franklin Gutierrez took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. There should be an update from the Mariners within the hour.
Jul 26 - 9:31 PM

Taijuan Walker (foot) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters that he wants to see Walker "get after it" to really test his right foot. A minor league rehab game could follow if the workout goes smoothly. Walker has been on the disabled list since July 5 with lingering foot tendinitis.
Jul 26 - 4:00 PM

Franklin Gutierrez (neck) has returned to Tuesday's lineup against the Pirates.

Gutierrez was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore neck, but it's not a major concern. He'll bat second against Francisco Liriano.
Jul 26 - 3:06 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports the Marlins have interest in Seattle starter Wade Miley.

Miley struggled in 2014 with the Red Sox and has been even worse since the offseason trade that sent him to the Mariners. Miami, a half-game up on the second Wild Card, should probably shoot a little higher. The 29-year-old left-hander is sitting on a 5.23 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 73/33 K/BB ratio through 105 innings this season, and he's owed $8.97 million in 2017.
Jul 25 - 11:51 AM


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