Mariners manager Scott Servais reported that Hultzen, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, is experiencing stiffness in his shoulder following his bullpen session last Saturday. He is being shut down for the time being.
PEORIA, Ariz. – Left-hander Danny Hultzen’s perpetual comeback from 2013 shoulder surgery has hit another snag.
Hultzen, the Mariners’ No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, is being converted to a relief role. The hope was to get him in a game this week, but on Wednesday morning Mariners manager Scott Servais reported that Hultzen is experiencing stiffness in his shoulder following his bullpen session Saturday.
He is shut down for the time being.
“Danny’s had a little setback,’’ Servais said. “He’s in a holding pattern right now. I don’t see when he’ll be in a game.”
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Hultzen’s surgery in October 2013 was to clean up his labrum and a partially torn rotator cuff, as well as repair his capsule. Such major shoulder injury typically is difficult for a pitcher to come back from.
“It’s all about how he bounces back (from outings),’’ Servais said. “The day he gets out there, he was moving along very good, but he had a setback.”
Meanwhile, left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush, who didn’t pitch after July 9 last year because of left-biceps tendinitis and a slight rotator-cuff injury, is getting closer to his first game action of spring. He’ll play catch Wednesday and assess how he came out of Monday’s live bullpen session.
“Charlie is on progress, on plan,’’ Servais said. “We’ll be cautious on that, too, because we want to have him the whole season. We don’t want to rush him out there for opening day, be able to use him and lose him at some point in the year. So we’re going to be cautious on that one.”
Two right-handed relievers, Ryan Cook and Evan Scribner, are out because of lat injuries. Cook’s is considered more serious, but “from what I understand, we probably won’t see either one of those in game action any time soon,’’ Servais said. “We have to build them back up.”
The injuries cut into the Mariners’ bullpen depth but open opportunities for other pitchers to step up. Servais mentioned Justin De Fratus and Joel Peralta as relievers who have thrown well this spring.
Cautious plan for Lind
First baseman Adam Lind has played sparingly this spring, but that’s by design. Lind has a history of back problems, and the Mariners want to ensure he’s healthy when the season starts. Lind is likely to be back in the lineup Thursday against the Cubs.
“He played a lot early last year (for Milwaukee) in spring training and kind of messed it up, so we’re kind of taking the cautious approach,’’ Servais said. “He’s getting his work in. He’s good to go. You’ll start to see him with more consistent at-bats now, but we’re going to give him a couple days off.
“As you know, we have a lot of first basemen in this camp, but the primary goal is to get the guys who are going to play the majority of time ready. But Adam is fine physically, no issues there. Just back-to-back off days and he’ll be in there tomorrow.”
|Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – Peoria Stadium (12:10 pm Seattle time)
|Seattle Mariners (3-4)||Kansas City Royals (3-5)|
|4||Ketel Marte (S)||SS||2||Alcides Escobar||SS|
|15||Kyle Seager (L)||3B||24||Christian Colon||2B|
|22||Robinson Canó (L)||2B||6||Lorenzo Cain||CF|
|23||Nelson Cruz||RF||25||Kendrys Morales (S)||1B|
|21||Franklin Gutierrez||LF||46||Cody Decker||DH|
|10||Jesus Montero||1B||15||Travis Snider (L)||RF|
|33||Chris Iannetta||C||34||Reymond Fuentes (L)||LF|
|35||Gaby Sanchez||DH||60||Hunter Dozier||3B|
|12||Leonys Martin (L)||CF||9||Drew Butera||C|
|Starting Pitcher||Starting Pitcher|
|44||Taijuan Walker||RHP||64||Matt Strahm||LHP|