Player News - Mariners

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Nelson Cruz (elbow) is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

Cruz was hit on the elbow by a pitch Saturday and has also dealt with a bruised foot recently, so it's a good time to get him a little rest. He should be ready to go after Monday's off day. Kyle Seager is in the designated hitter spot and Gordon Beckham is at third base.
May 20 - 1:12 PM

Jean Segura posted a triple, a solo home run and three RBI across four at-bats in Saturday's victory against the Tigers.

Segura is on fire lately, collecting two or more hits in five of his past seven outings. He also has multi-hit efforts in nine of his 17 outings in the month of May, raising his average from .298 to .316 in the process. He'll look to keep it going Sunday against LHP Francisco Liriano. He has been creaming southpaws to the tune of a .373 average (22-for-59) with five doubles, a triple and an .895 OPS.
May 20 - 1:39 AM

Ben Gamel finished 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Saturday's victory against Detroit.

Gamel's homer in the second inning off of Mike Fiers was his first of the 2018 campaign. He is enjoying his best stretch of the season, going 7-for-15 (.467) with two doubles, a home run and three RBI. He'll try to carry over the momentum into Sunday's series finale against LHP Francisco Liriano.
May 20 - 1:34 AM

James Paxton allowed just two earned runs, three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in a complete-game victory against the Tigers on Saturday.

Paxton has gone the distance in two of his past three outings. He threw 83 of his 117 pitches for strikes to lower his ERA to 3.30. He has managed five straight quality starts while winning his past three decisions over the past nine outings. The southpaw hasn't endured a setback since losing his initial start of the season back on March 31 against the Indians. He'll look to stay hot at home Friday against the visiting Twins.
May 20 - 1:30 AM

Nelson Cruz (foot) went 0-for-3 but drew a walk and scored a key run as the Mariners rallied to beat the Tigers on Friday night in Seattle.

Cruz missed the previous two games due to a bruised foot. With the Mariners trailing 4-0 entering the seventh inning, Cruz drew a leadoff walk against Michael Fulmer that ignited a five-run rally to give the M's the lead. Cruz is off to a bit of a slow start at the dish this season, slashing .234/.321/.452 with seven long balls and 18 RBI.
May 19 - 8:08 AM

Ben Gamel went 2-for-4 and knocked in a pair of runs as the Mariners edged the Tigers 5-4 on Friday.

Gamel had no multihit games in his first 23 appearances this season, but he has two int he last three, raising his average from .172 to .217. He projects as a subpar regular for the Mariners going forward, though he certainly is better than his current .589 OPS.
May 19 - 1:18 AM

Felix Hernandez allowed four runs -- three earned -- over six innings Friday against the Tigers.

It's the fifth straight start in which Hernandez has allowed at least three runs. On the plus side, the Mariners ended up winning anyway. They're 7-3 in his starts, even though he has a 5.53 ERA. In Hernandez's Cy Young year in 2010, the Mariners went 17-17 in Hernandez's starts while he pitched to a 2.27 ERA.
May 19 - 1:16 AM

Mariners OF prospect Braden Bishop went 5-for-5 with a homer on Thursday for Double-A Arkansas.

He also scored four runs. One of the better hitting prospects in the Seattle system, Bishop's five hits up his average on the season to .234, and it's the third homer of the season for the 2015 third-round pick. The 24-year-old outfielder is best known for his glove, as he has a plus arm and can make the spectacular look routine. He's not bereft of offensive ability, either, but he probably won't hit enough to be relevant from a fantasy perspective; even with plus-plus speed that suggests he can be a threat on the bases.
May 18 - 2:00 PM

Guillermo Heredia went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the Tigers.

Heredia wasn't able to come up with an extra-base hit in the defeat, but did notch an RBI single in the second inning. The outfielder is slashing .296/.418/.444 over the course of 54 at-bats covering two stints with the big league club this year. He's done a nice job in relatively limited playing time.
May 18 - 1:45 AM

Nick Vincent surrendered two runs on three hits over 2/3 of an inning in Thursday's loss to the Tigers.

Vincent came on with the Mariners up 2-1 in the eighth inning, but he was unable to keep the scoreboard clean. After Victor Martinez and Mikie Mahtook picked up singles in the frame, the reliever walked James McCann to load the bases before surrendering a two-run single to Jose Iglesias to put the M's down a run. There would be no late rally. All of this is just the continuation of what's been a struggle of a season for Vincent, who owns a 4.50 ERA in 18 innings.
May 18 - 1:42 AM

Marco Gonzales allowed just one unearned run over 5 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Thursday's loss to the Tigers.

Gonzales did not have the strikeout working to any great degree on Thursday -- he fanned two while walking one -- but managed to handle the Tigers nonetheless. The only run to score on his line came after he allowed a walk and a single with two outs, at which point he was replaced by reliever Ryan Cook, after which a throwing error by Kyle Seager allowed the Tigers to jostle the scoreboard. While Thursday's outing was an encouraging one, Gonzales still owns a ho-hum 4.66 ERA and 1.46 WHIP for the season as a whole. He'll look to knock that down by degrees in a road date with the A's next time he toes the rubber.
May 18 - 1:32 AM

Nelson Cruz (foot) is hoping to return to the Mariners' lineup on Friday.

Cruz admits his bruised foot is still sore, though his swelling has gone down considerably. He did some light running on Thursday and could return to the Mariners' lineup as soon as Friday. Cruz will miss his second straight game Thursday against the Tigers.
May 17 - 7:24 PM

Nelson Cruz (foot) will remain sidelined Thursday against the Tigers.

He remains day-to-day with a bruised foot. With Cruz absent, Dee Gordon will fill in as the DH and bat leadoff against Tigers lefty Matt Boyd. Cruz has been a relative disappointment this year, hitting just .240 with seven homers over 121 at-bats.
May 17 - 6:53 PM

Dee Gordon took grounders at second base prior to Thursday's game against the Tigers.

Gordon will DH on Thursday but beat reporter Greg Johns of MLB.com said his move to second base is "imminent." The 30-year-old spent the first several years of his career at second base before transitioning to center field in 2018. He'll handle second base until Robinson Cano returns from his 80-game PED suspension. Gordon already had second-base eligibility in most formats, so this move should have minimal fantasy impact.
May 17 - 6:35 PM

Mariners optioned RHP Christian Bergman to Triple-A Tacoma.

It's a shame to see Bergman go down after logging seven shutout innings in a dominant performance Wednesday against Texas. He'll be back up the next time Seattle needs a starting pitcher.
May 17 - 5:36 PM


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