Player News - Mariners

Date: Team: Pos:

James Paxton (illness) will throw a bullpen session on Friday in Arlington before Friday's game against the Rangers.

Paxton is currently battling pneumonia, and has been out since September 7 because of the illness. If the left-hander is able to to get through that bullpen session without setbacks, he should be able to make a final start in 2018 next weekend during the Mariners final homestand.
Sep 19 - 5:32 PM

Felix Hernandez (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session on Friday before the Mariners' game against the Rangers.

Hernandez was announced to throw a bullpen session this weekend, and now we have a date. The right-hander will throw a bullpen session the same day as James Paxton (illness), and if things go well, he should be able to make one final start before the 2018 season ends. Hes' been on the shelf since September 8 because of the low-grade hamstring straight.
Sep 19 - 5:31 PM

James Paxton is not listed among the Mariners' probable starters for their three-game weekend series against the Rangers.

Paxton hasn't pitched since September 7 due to a combination of pneumonia and the flu. He threw a side session in the Mariners' bullpen on Tuesday evening, but the 29-year-old left-hander presumably lost a lot of strength while battling the two illnesses at the same time. He'll try to fit in one more start during Seattle's final homestand next week.
Sep 19 - 3:00 PM

Matt Festa will start for the Mariners on Wednesday night against the Astros.

It will essentially be a bullpen game, with Festa serving as a one- or two-inning opener. The 25-year-old right-hander holds a 1.69 ERA through his first four appearances this season at the MLB level.
Sep 19 - 11:22 AM

Mike Leake gave up five runs in 6 1/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Astros.

10-10 with a 4.10 ERA... yes, that's a Mike Leake season, undoubtedly. Unless he wins his final two starts, he'll be finishing in the 9-11 victory range for the fifth straight year. He's lost 10-13 games five straight years as well. The 4.10 ERA is a smidge higher than his career mark of 4.00.
Sep 19 - 12:27 AM

Jean Segura went 0-for-4 in the shutout loss to the Astros on Tuesday.

They've both had other stuff going on, too, but Segura and Dee Gordon have similarly struggled since getting into a fight a couple of weeks ago. Segura is 4-for-40 with no extra-base hits or RBI in his last 10 games, even though he's fanned just three times in the span. What was shaping up as an excellent season for him at the halfway point has turned quite sour now.
Sep 19 - 12:20 AM

James Paxton (illness) threw in the Mariners' bullpen ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Astros.

Paxton wasn't expected to throw a bullpen session until Wednesday, at the earliest, so this is a very encouraging development. The left-hander hasn't pitched since September 7 due to a combination of pneumonia and the flu, with his temperature apparently rising to as high as 104 degrees at one point. He could potentially return to the Mariners' starting rotation this weekend against the Rangers.
Sep 18 - 6:32 PM

Felix Hernandez (hamstring) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session this weekend.

If it goes well, the veteran right-hander could potentially make a start in the final week of the regular season. Hernandez has been sidelined since September 8 because of a low-grade right hamstring strain.
Sep 18 - 5:36 PM

James Paxton (illness) isn't expected to try a bullpen session until Wednesday, at the earliest.

Which means he's doubtful to return to the Mariners' starting rotation before the weekend. Paxton hasn't pitched since September 7 because of a combination of pneumonia and the flu. Seattle may go with a bullpen game Wednesday versus the first-place Astros.
Sep 18 - 5:34 PM

Dee Gordon went 2-for-4 with a triple in a win over the Astros on Monday.

Gordon's triple is the sixth of the season; a solid total but a bit disappointing when you consider how fast he is. After a strong start to the season, Gordon has been a pretty big disappointment, as he's hitting just .271/291/.336 with 30 steals and just eight walks in 134 games.
Sep 17 - 11:31 PM

Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless inning to pick up his 56th save of the season on Monday against the Astros.

Diaz didn't strike anyone out, but it's tough to strike anyone out when you throw just five pitches -- four of them for strikes. Diaz is now just six saves away from tying Francisco Rodriguez's record of 62. There just aren't enough games left to project him to tie or beat the record, but considering how many close games the Mariners seem to play, it's not completely out of the realm of possibilities.
Sep 17 - 11:28 PM

Wade LeBlanc gave up just one run over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Monday.

LeBlanc looked like he was going to be a hard-luck loser in this one, but a Daniel Vogelbach grand slam gave the Mariners the lead and prevented LeBlanc from factoring in the decision. He scattered three hits, and he walked three while striking out five. The strong start lowers his ERA to 3.49, and his WHIP drops to a solid 1.14 in 152 innings. LeBlanc will start again for the Mariners against the Rangers on Sunday.
Sep 17 - 11:22 PM

Daniel Vogelbach hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning to give the Mariners a 4-1 win over the Astros on Monday.

With the bases loaded, Vogelbach pinch-hit for Guillermo Heredia, and he blasted his fourth homer of the season to give the Mariners a 4-1 lead and ultimately the victory. It's back-to-back games with a homer for the burly first baseman, and his line improves to .222/.341/.417 in 72 at-bats. He should get more time as the season ends so that the Mariners have a better idea if he's a part of the long-term solution.
Sep 17 - 11:19 PM

James Paxton (illness) is with the Mariners in Houston but isn't sure when he'll rejoin the rotation.

Paxton has been battling the flu and pneumonia, with his temperature rising to as high as 104 degrees. He resumed playing catch Saturday and should be ready for mound work soon, but it doesn't appear to be a given that he'll make a start this week.
Sep 17 - 5:04 PM

Nelson Cruz (illness) is back in the Mariners' lineup Monday.

Cruz sat out Sunday with an illness but is evidently feeling better. He's in the designated hitter spot and batting third against Framber Valdez and the Astros.
Sep 17 - 4:18 PM


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