Updated 4:14 p.m.
Lloyd McClendon announced that Chris Young won’t start on Thursday.
“I think he’s probably out of gas from the starting standpoint,” McClendon said. “Having said that, eight to 10 days from now, who knows?”
But McClendon wouldn’t let the late scratch from the start undermine what Young did for the Mariners this season.
“Chris has done a tremendous job for us this year,” McClendon said. “To think he’s won as many games as he’s won and gone out there as many times as he’s gone out there, coming off the type of surgery that he had, I think it’s just tremendous. I’m not sure we’d be in the position we’re in now if not for him.”
Young was professional about the situation. He says he feels fines physically.
“I went through a little period of dead arm,” he said. “And I think mechanically I got a little out of sync at that point. I felt better two starts ago against Oakland and pitched very well, and then the other night in Houston, I had a great week of throwing going into it and one of my best bullpens of the year. It’s just sometimes it’s unpredictable. I think it’s somewhat coincidental.”
Young admitted to some fatigue but believes it’s a little overplayed.
“I think there’s an element of fatigue to it, but I also think if I had that start in June, we don’t talk about it as much,” he said. “It gets magnified because of the situation we’re in. If we were 15 games out, the way the club has been the last few years, it’s probably a non-issue. The timing of it was poor, and that’s on me. Nobody is more disappointed than I am about it. But Lloyd has to do what’s right for the club, and if that’s what is best, I’ll support him and be ready to help out however I can.”
McClendon didn’t announce a Thursday starter, but the two most likely options are Erasmo Ramirez or Tom Wilhelmsen.
The MRI results for Roenis Elias’ MRI came back. He was diagnosed with a strained flexor bundle in his left elbow and is out four to six weeks. His season is over.
The typical right-handed lineup for the Mariners with lefty JA Happ going for the Blue Jays. I know people aren’t happy about it. But it is what it is. Manager Lloyd McClendon has been doing this all season so I’m not surprised today.
Here’s Happ’s splits for this season …
Here’s the Mariners numbers vs. Happ …
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