Player News - Mariners

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Taylor Motter went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League contest against the Rangers.

Motter's homer off Eddie Gamboa in the sixth inning was the second he has hit since the start of spring action. In an even 50 at-bats, he is hitting .280. Motter saw 93 plate appearances with the Rays in 2016, but struggled in that space, slashing just .188/.290/.300.
Mar 25 - 6:51 PM

Dillon Overton surrendered a solo home run to Ryan Rua in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Rangers.

Overton yakked up Rua's solo home run with two outs in the first inning, but settled in from that point on. He ended up pitching six innings, striking out three and scattering four hits over the course of his afternoon. The Mariners traded for the 25-year-old southpaw at the end of January. Given his minor league track record, Overton has deep sleeper appeal for AL-only formats, though opening the season in the majors is not a given.
Mar 25 - 6:43 PM

Shae Simmons (forearm) hasn't advanced to mound work yet.

Simmons has played catch the past few days while building up his arm strength. The right-hander strained his forearm about two weeks ago and won't be ready for Opening Day. He'll be a middle relief option for the Mariners when healthy.
Mar 25 - 5:44 PM

Tony Zych (biceps) will make his Cactus League debut Sunday against the Reds.

Zych got a late start this spring following a lengthy recovery from offseason biceps surgery. He's expected to pitch one inning on Sunday. Assuming he comes out of Sunday's outing unscathed, Zynch should be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 25 - 5:38 PM

Mariners reassigned C Sebastian Valle to minor league camp.

Valle appeared in three Cactus League games this spring, collecting one hit in four at-bats. The 26-year-old spent last year with the Yankees' Double-A affiliate in Trenton, hitting .202 with four homers and 18 RBI.
Mar 25 - 4:23 PM

Mariners optioned LHP Ariel Miranda to Triple-A Tacoma.

This comes a day after struggling in a start against the Angels. The Mariners were expected to keep Miranda as a long reliever, but instead they'll let him stretch out as a starter in the minor leagues. He'll be the first person the Mariners call when they need a starter.
Mar 25 - 4:16 PM

Jean Segura went 0-for-2 and swiped his third base of the spring as the Mariners were no-hit at the hand of the Angels in Cactus League play on Friday.

Segura reached base on catcher's interference in the fourth inning and deftly swiped second base, which was really the highlight offensively for the M's in this one. Segura has had a nice spring, hitting .308 with a pair of homers and six RBI in 26 at-bats.
Mar 24 - 10:45 PM

Ariel Miranda struggled in Friday's Cactus League loss to the Angels, surrendering four runs (three earned) on five hits over his four frames.

Miranda walked two and struck out two on the evening. The Angels pushed a pair of runs across in the second and tacked on another two in the third. He sports a troublesome 6.14 ERA on the spring and is expected to open the season in a long relief role for the M's.
Mar 24 - 10:39 PM

Kyle Seager slugged a two-run homer off Danny Duffy in the Mariners’ 4-3 win over the Royals in Cactus League action on Friday.

It was his first homer of the spring. While his brother received most of the attention last season, Kyle established new career-bests across the board last season, including 30 homers and 99 RBI. His .859 OPS was 71 points higehr than his previous career-high. He’s a rock-solid option at third base in mixed leagues.
Mar 24 - 7:00 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma yielded one run over 5 2/3 innings against the Royals on Friday.

Iwakuma blanked the Royals until Paulo Orlando led off the fifth with a homer. He struck out four and walked none. His last two Cactus League outings were very shaky, so this should restore some confidence going into the season. Still, he’s not the fantasy option he once was. He turns 36 in April and his strikeout and walk percentages are headed in the wrong direction.
Mar 24 - 7:00 PM

Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano aren't playing Friday due to a cold.

James Paxton and others are also under the weather, as there's an illness going around the Mariners' clubhouse. They should all be back up to speed shortly.
Mar 24 - 2:04 PM

Jarrod Dyson remains out of game action due to a sore hamstring.

He's been dealing with fatigue in his legs for a week now, although the Mariners think he'll be ready to play by Sunday. It doesn't sound like a big deal but is obviously worth tracking given how much of Dyson's value is derived from his legs. For what it's worth, the speedster is 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts this spring.
Mar 24 - 2:02 PM

James Paxton (illness) has been scratched from Friday's Cactus League start against the Royals.

Paxton is battling a head cold. He'll be replaced by Hisashi Iwakuma, who was originally scheduled to pitch a minor league game on Friday. This shouldn't impact Paxton's availability for the start of the regular season.
Mar 23 - 7:30 PM

Steve Cishek (hip) threw a 22-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

It was the first time he's thrown off a mound this spring. Cishek threw at 80 percent effort and is scheduled for another pen session on Sunday. Cishek isn't going to be ready for Opening Day but should join the team as a setup man sometime in April. The right-hander lost his closer's gig to Edwin Diaz about midway through last season.
Mar 23 - 5:33 PM

Shawn O'Malley will need at least 10-14 days to fully recover from his appendectomy.

That puts O'Malley in a race against the clock for Opening Day. If O'Malley is unavailable, Taylor Motter would likely fill a utility role during his absence. O'Malley was hitting .278 with four steals in 16 Cactus League appearances before his appendectomy.
Mar 23 - 4:56 PM


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