May 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM
Mariners reliever Stephen Pryor appears to have setback in recovery
Some breaking news here, as Michael Morse has been scratched from tonight’s lineup with an eye irritation. We’ll post new lineups shortly, but Endy Chavez will be in right field.
Mariners relief pitcher Stephen Pryor suffered a torn lat muscle just over a month ago and we hadn’t heard much about him since. Until today, that is, when Pryor was placed on the 60-day DL. Now, that can be backdated to when the injury first occured, so technically, it could last only another 3 1/2 weeks or so.
But it doesn’t sound like that will be the case. It sounds like Pryor will still be out for a while yet. Mariners manager Eric Wedge was asked about Pryor moments ago.
“It’s just been slow coming,” Wedge said. “He tried to play catch the other day and he didn’t feel great. So, we kind of backed him off that a little bit. For a guy that size, that injury, with the way he throws, it’s just not the best scenario, let’s put it that way. You know what I mean? We knew when we started out, it was going to be some time. But I don’t think we know how much right now because he’s kind of on his own timetable.”
The Mariners do miss Pryor in a bullpen that has three left-handers in it but looks a little short at times from the right side. Carter Capps and Yoervis Medina handled the big work late in the seventh and eighth innings for the Mariners at Yankee Stadium last night and got the outs they needed, but the team appears to need more than that, which is one reason Danny Farquhar is now here.
As for some other players recovering from injury, Aaron Harang remains on schedule for now to make his Tuesday start in Anaheim. He got treatment from a chiropractor on his stiff back, so the Mariners are crossing their fingers.
They could call Hector Noesi back up to replace Harang, but under MLB rules, Harang would have to go on the 15-day DL for that to happen since Noesi just got optioned to AAA.
Franklin Gutierrez went 1-for-5 in his DH stint for AAA Tacoma last night, but was a bit sore afterwards. The Rainiers will see how he feels today. If he’s good to go, he will be used in the outfield.