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Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) has done some very light throwing as well as strengthening exercises.

Iwakuma is nursing a Grade 1 right lat strain. The right-hander is expected to be on the shelf for 2-4 weeks, but the fact that he's already doing some throwing again is a good sign.
Apr 27 - 6:10 PM

Austin Jackson is not in the Mariners' lineup Monday.

It appears to just be a day of rest. Logan Morrison is also on the bench for the M's, as Justin Ruggiano is in center field and Willie Bloomquist is at first base.

Roenis Elias allowed two runs on six hits to the Twins on Sunday.

Elias was making his first start of the year in place of the injured Hisashi Iwakuma (lat). He showed flashes of intrigue in his 5 2/3 innings on the mound, striking out six against three walks, though he would not factor into the decision (the Mariners went on to lose 4-2 in 11 innings). Elias wasn't pitching well at Tacoma prior to the promotion, but last season he pitched to a 3.85 ERA and held a 7.9 K/9. He makes for an interesting flier in AL-only leagues.
Apr 26 - 8:34 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was ejected from Sunday's game against the Twins.

McClendon was yapping at home plate umpire Sean Barber on his way back to the dugout from visiting his starting pitcher Roenis Elias, and must've said the magic words as Barber gave him the early gate. It's the first time that McClendon has been tossed this year.
Apr 26 - 5:13 PM

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


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