In the first of what is expected to be multiple roster moves in the next 48 hours, the Mariners placed reliever Drew Storen on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia was recalled from Class AAA Tacoma to take Storen's place on the 25-man roster.
The Mariners made the first of what is expected to be multiple roster moves over the next 48 hours just before Monday’s series opener with the Yankees.
Seattle placed reliever Drew Storen on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia was recalled from Class AAA Tacoma to take Storen’s place on the 25-man roster – meaning the team is going with a six-man bullpen.
“That’s the move today,” manager Scott Servais said. “There will be some other stuff coming too.”
Indeed, the Mariners aren’t going to stay with a six-man bullpen going forward and they still haven’t announced a Tuesday starter.
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The likely candidate for that start is right-hander Taijuan Walker since he would be on normal rest. Asked if his starter was in the building, Servais replied: “Not yet.” That means it won’t be Wade LeBlanc on short rest, which never seemed like much of an option. Walker had a strong showing in his previous outing with Class AAA Tacoma on Thursday in Nashville, pitching 6 1/3 shutout innings, giving up three hits with two walks and two strikeouts while using mostly secondary pitches on orders from the team.
The roster scenario could play out in this way: Cody Martin is optioned to Class AAA Tacoma after Monday’s game, Walker is recalled on Tuesday to take Martin’s spot on the roster and make the start. The reliever added could be either Tony Zych or Evan Scribner. Both right-handers are on rehab assignments with Tacoma. They would need to be activated from the 60-day disabled list and added to the 40-man roster. The Mariners have an open spot on the 40-man with right-hander Joe Wieland outrighted to Tacoma.
To make room for a reliever, it would likely mean a position player would have to be removed from the active roster. Could it be the slumping Franklin Gutierrez? It certainly wouldn’t be impossible to see a disabled list stint for him for any of a number of reasons. Gutierrez is hitting .195 with a .617 OPS since July 1.
Storen said the shoulder issue has been lingering, admitting it’s a product of working high-leverage innings since joining the Mariners. His usage with the Blue Jays wasn’t that significant or intense. Servais did not plan to pitch Storen on Sunday and then had to have him warm up in the ninth inning after the catastrophe started.
“It’s just a culmination since I’ve been here,” Storen said. “It kind of caught up to me a little bit. Normally, I’d be fine. But with the games we are playing and where we are at roster-wise, I don’t want to leave the guys hanging down there in the bullpen. I will let my shoulder calm down and come back strong. It’s just shoulder fatigue that they need a breather.”
Storen expects to be ready to go after the 15 days are up. He’s been a nice pickup for Seattle, making 10 appearances and picking up a pair of wins in relief. He’d had scoreless outings in eight of his last nine appearances.
Heredia will be used similar to his prior stint with Seattle a few weeks ago – serving as a late-inning defensive replacement and a platoon starter in the outfield when there is a left-handed starting pitcher. He hit .280 (7-for-25) with a homer and three RBI in 12 games.
“It’s really comfortable being back here,” Heredia said through interpreter Fernando Alcala. “I’m happy to be back up here. I’m hoping to do as well as the first time, if not better.”
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On this day in Mariners’ history
- 1985 – Matt Young tossed his first shutout in two years as the Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles, 4-0, in the Kingdome. Young allowed 5 hits and fanned 7 in the win, while Phil Bradley doubled and homered for three RBIs.
- 1992 – Bret Boone belted his first Major League home run, a two-run shot, but the Mariners lose a slugfest in Fenway, 10-8.
- 1996 – Paul Sorrento hit his third grand slam of the year in a 10-3 win at Baltimore.
- 2001 – David Bell sets career high and ties Mariners record with 5 hits vs. Detroit…he falls a triple short of the cycle
- 2003 – Shigetoshi Hasegawa tossed 28.2 scoreless innings, setting a new Mariners record for most consecutive scoreless innings by a reliever (June 1-Aug. 22).
- 2012 – The Mariners swept the Indians in a three-game series with a 3-1 victory at Safeco Field to extend the season-high winning streak to 8 consecutive games (longest since 2007). Also extended a streak of 15 of 16 games at Safeco Field. Eric Thames hit a 2-out, 2-run double to break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 8th inning.
- 2014 – Felix Hernandez became the first pitcher in Mariners history and 9th in Major League history to record 6 consecutive seasons with 200+ strikeouts. Felix struck out 7 while recording a no-decision in 5.2 innings.
- 2014 – The Mariners rallied for 5 runs in the top of the 9th inning, starting with 2 outs and no runners on base, to erase a 3-0 deficit in a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Austin Jackson hit a 2-run double to pull the Mariners to within one run and Dustin Ackley hit a single that dropped into left field for the tying and go-ahead runs off All-Star closer Koji Uehara