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April 10, 2007 at 10:09 AM

Rhodes on DL, Woods takes his spot

Larry Stone here in Boston, where the Mariners are actually going to play today. It’s overcast and cool but dry, which is all the Mariners could ask after four miserable days in Cleveland.
One roster move today: The Mariners placed left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes on the disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow and recalled left-hander Jake Woods.
The move is retroactive to April 1. Rhodes, 37, has yet to appear in a game this season. He had been sidelined a week in spring training with elbow problems, and they returned Sunday in Cleveland during a bullpen session, according to manager Mike Hargrove.
“He threw six or seven pitches, and bam,” Hargrove said.
Rhodes is in Seattle, where he was to be examined today by the team’s medical director, Dr. Edward Khalfayan.
Woods, meanwhile, is yet another overly rested arm on Seattle’s staff. Cut from the Mariners’ roster on the Sunday before opening day, Woods hasn’t pitched since April 3, when he worked four innings in Peoria against Mariners rookies.
Woods was scheduled to start Monday for Tacoma against Fresno, but when Jim Parque became ill, that start was pushed back a day. On Sunday, however, Woods was informed that he was joining the Mariners in Cleveland, and his start was scratched.
Woods flew to Cleveland on Monday, but was informed upon arrival that the game had been canceled, and to catch a flight to Boston. He will now revert to from starting to relieving, his role most of last season, when he was 7-4 with a 4.20 earned-run average in 37 games (eight starts).
“For me, it’s the same thing,” Woods said. “It’s not like I’m really in that starting routine. It’s fine.”

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