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May 8, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Ryan Rowland-Smith still 3 to 4 weeks away from rejoining Mariners rotation

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Had a chat with Ryan Rowland-Smith before the game and he’s excited that his rehabilitation is finally going to see him face some hitters. Rowland-Smith has thrown three bullpen sessions already, will do another here this weekend, then throw a simulated game in Texas. After that, his manager wants him to throw another bullpen session, then send him out on a minor league rehab assignment.
Rowland-Smith said the plan is for him to pitch in four minor league games. The first two will be of lighter innings amounts, before he builds up to starting length. And of course, he will need days of rest in between each.
“The first two will be a few days apart and then the normal (four) days in between,” Rowland-Smith said. “After that, if all goes well, I should be ready. We’ll see.”
Rowland-Smith said his target is to be here by month’s end — just over three weeks.
But Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said: “For him to get stretched out in a starting role, we’re looking at about a month.”
Wakamatsu then ammended that to say that maybe it could take a little less than a month. So, we’ll say three to four weeks just to be safe.
In other words, Rowland-Smith will have little to do with what happens to Carlos Silva and his spot in the rotation. Wakamatsu plans to make his decision tonight and then announce it tomorrow. Remember, the manager first has to see how Chris Jakubauskas does tonight. Will he be solid, or go three innings and out? It’s not just one starter whose rotation job is on-the-line this week.

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