Player News - Mariners

Date: Team: Pos:

Guillermo Heredia (shoulder) will meet with the Mariners' doctors on Monday and could be cleared for full participation.

Heredia is coming back from surgery last October to address a Bankart lesion in his right shoulder. He certainly appears to be tracking toward being ready to roll come Opening Day.
Feb 18 - 12:45 PM

Erasmo Ramirez will be shut down for the next two weeks after suffering a minor right lat strain.

Ramirez had been slated to throw a bullpen session Saturday, but he alerted the medical staff to some discomfort and the Mariners have decided to shut him down for a bit. It's considered precautionary, although lat injuries can sometimes linger.
Feb 18 - 12:16 PM

Felix Hernandez said that he felt good after his first bullpen session of the year on Saturday.

The veteran right-hander threw 27 pitches during the session. The M's plan to manage his workload a bit differently this year in an attempt to keep him healthy and effective for the duration of the season. He'll make his Cactus League debut on February 26 against the Cubs.
Feb 17 - 3:40 PM

Ryan Garton had offseason hip surgery to repair his labrum.

Garton is a few weeks away from throwing off a mound. He's in camp with the Mariners as a non-roster invitee.
Feb 16 - 12:14 PM

Ryon Healy underwent surgery Thursday to remove a bone spur from his right hand and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

Healy could maybe return for the final week or two of spring training if he is able to make a swift recovery, but the 26-year-old slugger seems likely to open the 2018 season on the disabled list. Seattle acquired him from the Athletics in November for pitcher Emilio Pagan and infielder Alexander Campos. Healy began feeling discomfort in his hand during early offseason workouts and it returned when he tried to get back into the swing of things just before reporting to camp. Look for the Mariners to bring in one of the first basemen still sitting in free agency. They were probably going to want a platoon partner for the right-handed Healy anyway. He slashed just .257/.289/.428 against righties in 2017. Daniel Vogelbach and Rule 5 Draft pick Mike Ford are on the Mariners' roster too.
Feb 15 - 10:36 AM

Tony Zych is dealing with lingering inflammation around his right forearm.

Zych battled elbow and forearm trouble down the stretch last season and it has apparently followed him into Mariners camp this spring. He's already thrown two bullpen sessions but will likely scale back his overall workload until around early March. The hope is he'll be 100 percent by the opening of the 2018 regular season. Zych finished with a 2.66 ERA in 40 2/3 innings last year.
Feb 14 - 3:17 PM

Ryon Healy is undergoing tests for a hand injury.

Healy felt pain in his hand during early offseason workouts and the discomfort returned when he tried to ramp things back up this month. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times says the Mariners "hope to have more information in the coming days." Healy was acquired from the Athletics in November for pitcher Emilio Pagan and infielder Alexander Campos. The 26-year-old slugger tallied 25 home runs and 78 RBI over 149 games with Oakland in 2017.
Feb 14 - 1:27 PM

Mariners signed OF Junior Lake to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The former Cubs prospect spent the majority of the 2017 season in the Mexican League, slashing .288/.411/.510 in 186 plate appearances with Bravos de Leon. Lake is highly doubtful to make the Mariners' major league roster out of camp. He holds a .235/.278/.376 career batting line at baseball's highest level.
Feb 14 - 12:07 PM

Mariners prospect RHP Jose Santiago suspended 140 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

It is his second positive test, hence the longer suspension. Santiago tossed 65 innings at Single-A Everett last year, turning in a 5.82 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 36 walks. He will likely sit out the entire 2018 season.
Jan 26 - 6:53 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) has been cleared to begin throwing.

Iwakuma made just six starts last season before undergoing an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right shoulder in September. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto told reporters last month that he doesn't expect the veteran right-hander to be game-ready until sometime around late May or early June. Seattle re-signed Iwakuma to a non-guaranteed minor league contract this winter and he'll be somewhat of a wild card for the club in 2018.
Jan 25 - 1:41 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles are interested in Jarrod Dyson.

Kubatko writes of Dyson that the Orioles have "checked his medicals and he’s still in the picture." Baltimore is looking for a left-handed bat to at least platoon in right field and ideally that player would also back up center fielder Adam Jones. Dyson certainly appears as if he'd fit the bill, although it sounds like the O's are considering a handful of others, as well. The Giants are also known to have strong interest in Dyson.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 21 - 9:33 AM

Mariners claimed RHP Chasen Bradford off waivers from the Mets.

Bradford posted a 3.74 ERA with 27 strikeouts over 33 2/3 relief innings for the Mets last season. He'll attempt to win a bullpen spot in Seattle.
Jan 19 - 3:13 PM

Mariners signed RHP Johendi Jiminian to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jiminian, 25, really struggled last season between Double- and Triple-A in the Rockies organization, holding a 5.40 ERA and 41/41 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings. He's never pitched in the majors and is obviously a long shot to capture a bullpen spot.
Jan 19 - 9:02 AM

Mets designated RHP Chase Bradford for assignment.

Bradford's removal from the 40-man roster became necessary after the Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez. He pitched in 28 games in 2017 for New York; registering a 3.74 ERA and striking out 27 in his 33 2/3 innings.
Jan 18 - 10:13 AM

Mariners signed INF Rey Navarro to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Navarro has spent the last two seasons with the Angels, but hasn't played in the majors since 2015 when he was with the Orioles. He'll have a chance to win a utility job with Seattle if he performs well in spring training, although a ticket to Triple-A Tacoma as infield depth is more likely.
Jan 17 - 5:05 PM


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