BALTIMORE – Mariners relief pitcher Stephen Pryor has been shut down for the remainder of the season with a triceps injury.
Pryor has been on the disabled list since mid-April, recovering from a torn lat muscle, but had been doing rehabilitation work with Class AAA Tacoma and was expected to rejoin the Mariners soon. He experienced soreness in his triceps area while warming up Friday night. An MRI on Saturday revealed significant damage.
“They really didn’t like what they saw,’’ Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said Sunday. “So, as a precaution, he’s going to get re-evaluated and we’re going to look through this thing further because it’s really unusual. … Unfortunately, he’s worked very hard, but it is where it is and he won’t pitch the rest of the year.’’
Once the Mariners get a better idea of the exact nature of Pryor’s injury, they’ll consider treatment options.
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Zduriencik also said he had no further updates on minor-league pitcher Danny Hultzen, who was shut down nearly a month ago so the team could revamp his throwing mechanics. Hultzen has yet to throw off a mound and with the AAA season a month from ending, it remains questionable whether he’ll pitch for the Tacoma Rainiers again this season.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft has made only five starts this season.
• Justin Smoak helped drive up the pitch count of Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen on Sunday with a fourth-inning single that lasted 16 pitches. Smoak said he’s never had an at-bat that long in his life, and would have been real upset had it resulted in an out.
“I was hoping somebody would bring me some water or something,’’ Smoak quipped. “You’re just sort of locked in, trying to put it in play at that point.’’
Smoak said Chen showed him his entire pitch repertoire.
“He even threw the eephus curveball, but I pulled it foul,’’ he said.
• Mariners manager Eric Wedge won’t be back in the dugout this week as he continues to recover from a mild stroke. Wedge will instead meet with doctors midweek to continue devising a plan for managing his stress levels and fully recovering from his ordeal.
“He’s doing well. I mean, I’ve been talking to him every day and he sounds normal,” Zduriencik said. “But the one thing you don’t want to have happen, when he gets back, you want him to be back. His anxiousness to get back here in the dugout is one thing, but it’s a lifelong health issue for him. As well, when he gets back here managing this club, you want him to be here. You don’t want him to come in and be here for two or three days.’’
• Dustin Ackley sat out the entire series against the Orioles in Baltimore. With outfielders Michael Saunders, Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez swinging well, the Mariners want to keep riding those hot hands.
The team was thrilled with Ibanez’s first half and reluctant to sit him despite a recent slump. With two doubles Sunday and a ball ripped off the right-field wall Saturday, the slump could be ending – meaning it will remain tough for Ackley to get in the lineup.
“Right now, it’s kind of like Ack is the odd man out,’’ interim manager Robby Thompson said.
Thompson and Zduriencik planned to discuss Ackley’s situation on the charter flight back to Seattle. Speaking earlier with the media, Zduriencik left open the option Ackley could return to AAA.
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