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Category: injuries
August 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Stephen Pryor out for the season with new triceps injury

Mariners relief pitcher Stephen Pryor has been shut down for the year with triceps damage unrelated to his previous lat strain. Photo Credit: AP

Mariners relief pitcher Stephen Pryor has been shut down for the year with triceps damage unrelated to his previous lat strain. Photo Credit: AP

Stephen Pryor has been on the disabled list since suffering a lat muscle injury while pitching for the Mariners back in April. But today, he’s been shut down for the remainder of the year with a new and completely different injury to his triceps. Pryor apparently felt pain in that area while warming up for a Class AAA rehab outing on Friday, then had an MRI yesterday in which team medical director DrEdward Khalfayan and others saw something problematic.

“They really didn’t like what they saw,” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said this morning. “So, as a precaution, he’s going to get re-evalutated and we’re going to look through this thing further because it’s really unusual. And rather than go into any detail about it more than that, Ed (Khalfayan) is going to talk to a couple of different people about the type of injury he just had. Unfortunately, he’s worked very hard but it is where it is and he won’t pitch the rest of the year.”

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July 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Mike Zunino needs surgery for broken hamate; Mariners sign Quintero

Humberto Quintero is on his way to Seattle to replace injured catcher Mike Zunino. Quintero, 33, was designated for assignment by the Phillies yesterday. Photo Credit: AP

Humberto Quintero is on his way to Seattle to replace injured catcher Mike Zunino. Quintero, 33, was designated for assignment by the Phillies yesterday. Photo Credit: AP

Mike Zunino is out with a broken hamate bone in his left hand and will need surgery early next week. The approximate prognosis is he’ll miss six weeks — much of the rest of the season, if not all.

The Mariners just signed veteran catcher Humberto Quintero, 33, to take Zunino’s spot. Quinetro was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday and opted to become a free agent.

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July 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Mariners pitching prospect Danny Hultzen shut down for 10 days, will revamp throwing regimen

Mariners Class AAA pitching prospect Danny Hultzen has been shut down for 10 more days and the team will look to rework his throwing regimen and mechanics in order to get to bottom of what's caused his shoulder woes this season. Photo Credit: AP

Mariners Class AAA pitching prospect Danny Hultzen has been shut down for 10 more days and the team will look to rework his throwing regimen and mechanics in order to get to bottom of what’s caused his shoulder woes this season. Photo Credit: AP

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said moments ago that a decision was made yesterday to shut down Mariners pitching prospect Danny Hultzen for 10 days and then take a serious look at his throwing regimen and whether it may be causing his shoulder woes. Hultzen hasn’t pitched since June 27 when he took the mound for the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers.

“We’re going to do some adjustments to his routines,” Zduriencik said. “We’re going to look at a little bit of his mechanics. You never want to overhaul anybody. I think that’s dangerous with pitchers. But I do think you might look at some of the programs he’s doing and try to do some alterations with it. We’re prepared to do whatever it takes and I think some of this is a process where, you do one thing and see where it leads you. And then it takes you to Step 2 and Step 3.

“Hopefully, when he starts throwing, we’re going to see positive results.”

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June 25, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Franklin Gutierrez out with hamstring injury; Dustin Ackley up

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Franklin Gutierrez was just placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. The Mariners have called Dustin Ackley up from Class AAA to play some outfield for them while they figure out how long Gutierrez’s latest injury will keep him out.

“I’m disappointed, I think we all are,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “I don’t think anybody’s as disappointed as he is. I’m sure the frustration’s just off the charts for him. But it is what it is, so get back to work on it and go from there.”

Wedge said it will take “three or for days” before the team can properly evaluate the injury and try to anticipate a recovery timetable.

“He’s not going to be playing for us for a while,” he said.

Gutierrez injured himself crashing into the outfield wall during Sunday’s game against the Oakland Athletics. He initially stayed in the game, but was later replaced by Jason Bay.

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June 10, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Michael Morse would be on DL already if Justin Smoak healthy

The Mariners are wearing down physically from the strain of too many veteran players being used day in and day out to compensate for injuries and non-performance. Photo Credit: AP

The Mariners are wearing down physically from the strain of too many veteran players being used day in and day out to compensate for injuries and non-performance. Photo Credit: AP

There has been some growing debate — I think justified — over why the Mariners have dithered so long about putting Michael Morse on the 15-day disabled list. Morse missed seven games in a row, then went 1-for-11 the first three games of the Yankees’ series before sitting out yesterday.

He’s back in there tonight at DH as the Mariners take on the Houston Astros. Mariners manager Eric Wedge spoke earlier today about how hamstrung the team has been in the face of recent injuries. Justin Smoak could go out on a minor league rehab assignment in coming days, but there is no exact timetable.

Just on a whim, I asked Wedge — already knowing the answer — whether Morse would have gone on the DL had Smoak been healthy.

“Yes,” Wedge replied, with a laugh.

‘Nuff said.

And that’s the problem these Mariners face. Key injuries and non-production by full-time younger players has put an undue strain on many veteran full-time and part-time players.

Without Smoak, the Mariners have to keep Morse around. Only they can’t play Morse and his sore quad in the field — either at first base or right field — so, the same vets who shouldn’t be in there every day are. Kendrys Morales is back in at first base today, two days after leaving a game with back stiffness. He can’t play the field seven days per week.

In the outfield, you’ve got Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay now playing seven days per week because they can’t be spelled by Morse. You’ve got Endy Chavez playing center field tonight simply because Michael Saunders has been absolutely horrible at the plate for five solid weeks.

But the problem is, Chavez is no longer completely healthy because of all the work he got playing the outfield in April and May.

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June 5, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre to miss ‘three or four days’

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ADDITIONAL NOTE 10:27 a.m.: While I was typing this upstairs, Brandon Bantz walked into the clubhouse. So, he’s the second catcher. The Mariners have yet to officially announce the move but will soon.

Just got done talking to Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre in the clubhouse. He was running off to the trainers’ room, but told me new X-Rays found no bone breakage on the hand that got his by the backswing last night.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is, he said he’s going to be out “three or four days” at least before he can be used again.

That means the Mariners will need a second catcher behind Kelly Shoppach, who starts today behind the plate.

The Mariners have several options.

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June 3, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Franklin Gutierrez still not ready, needs another rehab assignment

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Franklin Gutierrez had to end his minor league rehabilitation assignment today because the 20-day limit was up. Problem is, he’s not yet recovered from his hamstring injury to the point where he can play multiple days in a row.

So, the Mariners are having him re-evaluated tonight by Dr. Edward Khalfayan, then will petition MLB to begin another rehab assignment. Gutierrez will have to wait at least five days for that to start, provided the league signs off on it once seeing the medical evaluation. He’s already sat out the last two games.

The Mariners open a three-game series tonight at Safeco Field against the Chicago White Sox.

The Mariners open a three-game series tonight at Safeco Field against the Chicago White Sox.

“He went down there with a hamstring injury and he still feels it on occasion and he’s not bouncing back as quickly in terms of being able to play back-to-back days,” Mariners head trainer Rick Griffin said. “He’s played three days in a row one time and we’ve had to put him in at DH several times because he’s come to the park and his leg doesn’t feel that good. We don’t want that situation to be that way, so we want him to be able to build up his leg strength and be able to play consecutive days. So, we’re going to take four or five days and do more strengthening, give him a little bit of a break from running around on the field and then hopefully he’ll go down there and he’ll feel better.

“But his leg is not completely recovered yet.”

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May 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Justin Smoak feeling better this morning, won’t go on DL yet

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Justin Smoak reported to Safeco Field today saying that his stiff oblique muscle is feeling better than it did last night. The Mariners are going to hold him off any activity today and then see whether the muscle improves by tomorrow.

If not, they may have to put him on the 15-day DL. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said this morning that the squad won’t be waiting around too much longer to see progress on that front. Wedge said Kendrys Morales will play first base for now with Michael Morse also available at that spot.

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May 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Mariners reliever Stephen Pryor appears to have setback in recovery

Michael Saunders and the Mariners will try to get back to .500 tonight against the red hot Indians.

Michael Saunders and the Mariners will try to get back to .500 tonight against the red hot Indians.

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.”

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April 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Franklin Gutierrez could go on DL next week if legs don’t heal fast enough

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Mariners manager Eric Wedge told us this morning that Franklin Gutierrez is not in the lineup because he doesn’t want to risk using him on consecutive days just yet.

“It’s just a process of trying to help him get over the hump,” Wedge said. “I mean, if we play him again today, it’s going to be another step back. If we give him today, then hopefully we can start pulling back-to-back days with him. That would be the plan.”

Now, remember, with Michael Saunders due to come off the DL as early as next Friday, the Mariners will have some tough decisions to make. Wedge has already said he can’t envision carrying six outfielders and putting Endy Chavez on waivers in order to outright him to the minors would be a risk move.

Chavez is the only other MLB-capable center fielder the organization has right now other than Saunders and Gutierrez. So, that would leave DFA of either Raul Ibanez or Jason Bay.

Or, there’s another option: sending Gutierrez to the disabled list.

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