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Mariners recalled 1B Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma.

The M's sent Smoak to Triple-A earlier this month after he finished his rehab assignment, but they need him now with Michael Saunders (oblique) out. He should see the occasional start at first base and/or DH.
Jul 11 - 5:39 PM

Mariners placed OF Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Saunders suffered the injury during Thursday's game. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined, but typically oblique strains put players on the shelf for at least three weeks. Justin Smoak has replaced Saunders on the roster.
Jul 11 - 5:37 PM

Robinson Cano finished 3-for-5 in Thursday's 4-2 loss versus the Twins.

The big-money import limped through a sluggish start to the season, but has been dynamite since May. Cano's .327 batting average ranks No. 4 in the American League, and his .387 OBP is 30 points above his career mark. The second baseman is on pace for 92 RBI and 83 runs. He's hit only six homers, however.
Jul 11 - 1:34 AM

Michael Saunders left Thursday's game against the Twins in the eighth inning with a possible oblique injury.

Saunders checked a swing against reliever Casey Fien and immediately grabbed his back ribcage, a tweak that may have occurred as he attempted to halt his momentum. The outfielder just returned from the disabled list on June 27 (shoulder). Seattle has not yet addressed his prognosis. A disabled list stint is possible.
Jul 11 - 1:07 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen is making his first major league start on Thursday night against the Twins.

The career reliever is not expected to last longer than a couple of innings in what will be a true bullpen game for Seattle. Wilhelmsen picked up a three-inning save at the end of June and threw two perfect frames on July 5 against the White Sox, so he's a decently-conditioned option for this type of outing. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a 2.49 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 40 strikeouts in 47 innings this season.
Jul 10 - 11:05 AM

Mariners right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker will make two starts for Triple-A Tacoma, and then return to the Mariners after the All-Star break.

Walker will only miss one major league turn due to the demotion, and will be on track to start against the weak-hitting Mets in Safeco Field when he is brought back up. The 21-year-old right-hander is worth stashing through the All-Star break in most standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 10 - 10:00 AM

Mariners recalled LHP Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Tacoma.

Luetge has posted a 3.40 ERA and 44/19 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level. He made three appearances with the M's earlier this year and is now back to help out in a left-handed relief role.
Jul 10 - 1:56 AM

Mariners optioned RHP Stephen Pryor to Triple-A Tacoma.

Pryor walked two and allowed a run in a relief appearance with the Mariners on Wednesday night against the Twins. He was up in the majors for less than 24 hours.
Jul 10 - 1:49 AM

Roenis Elias was tagged for seven runs -- six earned -- on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Twins on Wednesday.

Elias boasted a 3.74 ERA heading into play on June 28, but he's one player thrilled to have a few days away from the game next week. The young left-hander has yielded 16 earned runs in 14 1/3 innings (10.05 ERA) to lose back-to-back-back starts, and he tied his season-low in innings pitched tonight in his most recent nightmare. Elias threw 141 and 130 innings over the past two years, respectively, and had never pitched above Double-A until this season. At 112-plus frames, his workload might be catching up to him. It's also possible that a league of ferocious hitters has started to handle his decent-but-not great arsenal after getting a handle on it; Elias' nasty curveball isn't as effective if batters aren't forced to offer at it, and they don't have to if they get ahead in the count. Elias finishes his first half-season in the big leagues with a 7-8 record, 4.54 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 96/40 K/BB rate over 113 innings.
Jul 10 - 1:34 AM

Mariners recalled RHP Stephen Pryor from Triple-A Tacoma.

Pryor has posted a rough 4.91 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings of relief this season at Triple-A Tacoma while fighting a shoulder injury. He'll be a mop-up man.
Jul 9 - 4:40 PM

Mariners optioned RHP Taijuan Walker to Triple-A Tacoma.

Walker walked five and threw two wild pitches over four shaky innings Sunday against the White Sox. He'll head back to a lower level of competition and continue to work on his craft. The 21-year-old right-hander could still take on fantasy value later this season. In fact, he might be brought back up shortly after the All-Star break.
Jul 9 - 4:38 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that "several clubs, including Milwaukee," are showing interest in Erasmo Ramirez.

It's not clear at this point whether talks with the Mariners and Brewers or any other team have progressed, but it's worth noting that Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reported earlier Wednesday that the M's "could be close to making a trade." Ramirez has put up a 4.35 ERA over 184 1/3 innings with Seattle, but he's just 24 and sports a 3.24 mark during his minor league career.
Jul 9 - 11:14 AM

Chris Young gave up two runs over seven innings Tuesday against the Twins in the Mariners' 2-0 setback.

Young struck out six and allowed six hits, but one of them was an unforgivable solo homer to Sam Fuld. The right-hander was 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and .155 opponent average over his previous four starts. This was the 35-year-old Young's last start before the All-Star break, and what a first half resurgence it was. He went 8-5 with a 3.08 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 61/37 K/BB rate over 105 1/3 innings.
Jul 9 - 12:48 AM

James Paxton (shoulder) will throw a 50-pitch simulated game on Saturday.

Paxton came out of a 31-pitch simulated game on Tuesday with no issues. If he gets through Saturday's sim game without any hiccups, he could conceivably be cleared for a rehab assignment. Paxton has been out since early April with shoulder issues.
Jul 8 - 6:58 PM

Mariners recalled C Jesus Sucre from Triple-A Tacoma.

Sucre is replacing veteran catcher John Buck, who was designated for assignment late Monday night. The 26-year-old was batting just .274/.293/.360 this season at the Triple-A level and is not fantasy-relevant.
Jul 8 - 4:30 PM


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