Player News - Mariners

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Franklin Gutierrez clobbered a three-run home run in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Sunday.

He also singled and drew a walk, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3. Gutierrez was in the lineup due to his ability to mash left-handed pitching, but impressively his three-run shot came off right-handed reliever Donn Roach in the sixth inning to tie the game at 6-6. Unfortunately, that would be the extent of the M's offense in the ballgame. With the two-hit effort, Gutierrez is now slashing .266/.336/.516 with nine homers and 25 RBI on the season. He's worth using in all formats whenever a left-hander is on the hill.
Jun 26 - 7:44 PM

James Paxton was touched up for five runs on eight hits over five frames in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

Paxton punched out six on the afternoon while walking two. He held the Cardinals to just one run through the first four innings, but the Red Birds erupted for four more in the fourth. While he has definitely flashed his dominance this year, he is surrendering way too much hard contact and is allowing base-runners at an alarming rate. He'll bring a 4.15 ERA and 1.67 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Orioles.
Jun 26 - 7:44 PM

Nate Karns surrendered four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings, leading the Mariners to a 5-4 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.

He did not pitch very well but snared a win anyway. The big blow was a 5th-inning, three-run home run by Aledmys Diaz that ruined what had been a very effective outing up to that point. The poor game boosts Karns' ERA up to 4.56 on the season. He strikes out a lot of batters (9.33 K/9) but spoils that by walking too many (4.22 BB/9). He will face the Orioles in his next start on Friday in Seattle.
Jun 26 - 2:21 AM

Steve Cishek worked around a one-out double in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead and nail down his 17th save.

Cishek is quietly having an excellent season in his first year in Seattle. He has a 2.62 ERA and has fanned 41 batters in 34 1/3 innings. He has converted 17 of 21 save opportunities.
Jun 26 - 2:12 AM

Leonys Martin laced three singles in five chances and scored a run on Saturday.

Martin is having the best season of his career after being terrible last year. He has traded some speed for more power this year. His 11 home runs are already a career high despite moving from a hitters' park in Texas to a pitchers' park in Seattle. He is hitting .257/.324/.450 with 26 runs, 26 RBI and nine steals.
Jun 26 - 2:06 AM

Charlie Furbush (shoulder) has resumed throwing bullpen sessions.

Furbush hasn't pitched in a major league game since July 2015 due to shoulder issues, but he's finally making some progress. It's unclear when he'll go out on a minor league rehab assignment, but he'll likely a bunch of appearances before being a legitimate consideration to rejoin the Mariners.
Jun 25 - 11:43 AM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Friday that Felix Hernandez (calf) continues to show improvement.

"He's feeling good," said Servais. "He's picking up his throwing routine, getting stretched out. I think he's trying to get out to 120 feet today. I heard him arguing with [trainer Rick] Griffin in there about wanting to do a little bit more, so you know he's progressing really nicely. We can't have him soon enough." King Felix has been sidelined since May 27 with a right calf strain, but he's likely on track to return right after the All-Star break.
Jun 25 - 11:41 AM

Adrian Sampson will require season-ending surgery to reattach the flexor bundle in his right elbow.

Sampson suffered the injury during warmup pitches before what was supposed to be his second major league start on Thursday. The surgery won't require as lengthy as a rehab process as Tommy John surgery, which he previously had in high school, but he won't be an option for the Mariners again until 2017.
Jun 25 - 11:21 AM

Wade Miley (shoulder) tossed four perfect innings Friday in a minor league rehab start with Low-A Everett.

Miley struck out seven batters and got stretched out to 55 pitches. He reported no issues with his shoulder. "Pain free. I'm ready to rock and roll," said Miley. "I felt like I probably could have pitched last week, but they wanted to be smart about it. So I took some time off and hopefully it'll pay off in the long run." The southpaw should make his return Wednesday against the Pirates.
Jun 25 - 11:13 AM

Adam Lind delivered a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Friday.

Lind's 11th homer of the year came off Trevor Rosenthal. He has five homers in his last 11 games, though he's recorded just two other hits in that span. His average has actually tumbled from .259 to .234 during the month of June.
Jun 25 - 1:26 AM

Wade LeBlanc shut out the Cardinals for six innings Friday in his return to the majors.

LeBlanc, who spent last year pitching in Japan, was just acquired by the Mariners from the Blue Jays on Tuesday. He'll probably get a chance to make additional starts after the strong outing tonight, but he's not to be touched in AL-only leagues.
Jun 25 - 1:23 AM

Kyle Seager reached base all four times he was up Friday, going 2-for-2 with a double and two walks.

It's not easy keeping up with little brother Corey, but Kyle is doing the best he can; his OPS is up to .853 after a really poor start.
Jun 25 - 1:15 AM

Mariners transferred RHP Tony Zych from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Zych suffered another setback with his right rotator cuff earlier this month and doesn't appear to close to returning to the Mariners' bullpen.
Jun 24 - 7:00 PM

Mariners purchased the contract of RHP Donn Roach from Triple-A Tacoma.

Roach has posted a 4.26 ERA with 5.0 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 over 14 starts this year in Triple-A. The 26-year-old will provide some long relief help.
Jun 24 - 6:55 PM

Mariners placed RHP Adrian Sampson on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor bundle strain.

Sampson was set to start Thursday against the Tigers, but he had to leave after a couple of warm-up pitches due to what was termed as right elbow discomfort. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined.
Jun 24 - 6:52 PM


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