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Mariners' Gabe Speier: Recalled from Triple-A
Speier was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma by Seattle on Saturday.
Speier replaces Robbie Ray, as Ray was placed on the 15-day injured list with a left flexor strain. The southpaw will give the Mariners a left-handed option in the bullpen and likely work in low-leverage situations while with Seattle.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Robbie Ray: MRI reveals Grade 1 sprain
Ray's MRI on Saturday revealed that he's dealing with a Grade 1 flexor strain, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Ray will be shut down for two weeks while receiving daily treatment and then will be reevaluated. The left-hander told reporters that he didn't experience any pain until the second inning of Friday's start against the Guardians. There's no timetable for Ray to return, but it appears that the 31-year-old will miss at least a month before he's able to return to the mound for the Mariners. Chris Flexen will very likely take his place in the rotation.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Cal Raleigh: Resting Saturday
Raleigh will sit Saturday against Cleveland.
Raleigh started the first two games of the season behind the plate, going 2-for-8 with a two-run double. Tom Murphy will take over at catcher Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' AJ Pollock: Remains on bench
Pollock remains stuck on the bench for Saturday's game against Cleveland.
Pollock appeared set to play at least fairly regularly this season after signing a one-year, $7 million deal in early January. Through three games, it doesn't look like that's the case. Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez and Teoscar Hernandez have started from left to right across the outfield for three straight games, while the designated hitter starts have gone to Tommy La Stella twice and Cooper Hummel once. Pollock might have to wait until the Mariners face a lefty to get his first opportunity.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Robbie Ray: Sidelined with flexor strain
Ray was placed on the 15-day injured list with a left flexor strain Saturday.
Ray didn't look right against the Guardians on Friday, walking five batters in 3.1 innings while giving up five runs (three earned). A timeline for his return has not yet been established. Chris Flexen, who's started 53 games over the last two years, is likely to step into the rotation in his place, though the Mariners have yet to confirm their plans.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Chris Flexen: Solid in long relief
Flexen allowed an earned run on four hits and three walks across four innings in a loss to the Guardians on Friday. He struck out one and did not factor into the decision.
Starter Robbie Ray was chased after 3.1 innings, leading to what could have been a busy night for the bullpen. However, Flexen, a member of the rotation for most of the last two seasons, ate up some valuable innings in the back end of the contest and spared the arms of several fellow relievers in the process. Having thrown 66 pitches Friday, Flexen is unlikely to be available again until after the weekend.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Kolten Wong: On base twice Friday
Wong went 1-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk and a run scored in a loss to the Guardians on Friday.
Wong and Julio Rodriguez kick-started the night for the Mariners in the opening frame, with the former's single bringing home the latter to give Seattle the early 1-0 lead. Wong also got on base via a walk in his next plate appearance and crossed the plate courtesy of Cal Raleigh's two-run double, making it a reasonably productive night for Wong following an 0-for-3 showing on Opening Day that included a hit-by-pitch and a run. The veteran second baseman should once again profile as a high-contact, frequent on-base presence with decent pop in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Cooper Hummel: Swipes bag in Friday's start
Hummel went 0-for-3 with a run scored and his first stolen base of the season in Friday's 9-4 loss to the Guardians.
After getting hit by a Hunter Gaddis pitch with one out in the fourth inning, Hummel stole second and came home on a Julio Rodriguez double. The former Diamondback has never been a big running threat in his career, but his 88th percentile sprint speed last season per Statcast suggests he has some untapped potential on that front. Hummel will first need to show he can hit enough to earn semi-consistent playing time as a utility player on the Seattle bench. The .581 OPS he managed in 66 games for Arizona in 2022 paled in comparison to the .969 OPS he's amassed at Triple-A over 125 games.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Robbie Ray: Can't find plate Friday
Ray (0-1) took the loss Friday as the Mariners fell 9-4 to the Guardians, giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out three.
A pair of throwing errors on the same play in the second inning -- one by Teoscar Hernandez and the other by Ray himself -- led to Cleveland's first two runs and softened the blow to the southpaw's ERA. The fact that he threw only 51 of 91 pitches for strikes played a bigger role in his early exit. Ray's success the last two seasons has been built on improved command and a walk rate below 10 percent, and it's far too early to assume he's fallen back into old, wild habits. The 31-year-old will look to bounce back in his next start, likely coming next week at home against the Angels.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Cal Raleigh: Timely two-bagger in loss
Raleigh went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in the Mariners' loss to the Guardians on Friday.
The slugging backstop was one of the few bright spots on the night for the Mariners, knocking in Kolten Wong and Ty France with his third-inning double to knot the game at 3-3. The fact Raleigh already has an extra-base knock on the board in 2023 is par for the course, considering the 26-year-old came into the season having recorded at least a double on 62 of his first 103 major-league hits.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Julio Rodriguez: Swats pair of doubles in loss
Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, another two-bagger and a run in the Mariners' loss to the Guardians on Friday.
Rodriguez had gone hitless in Thursday's season-opening win, but he came through with half of the Mariners' extra-base-hit tally on the night out of his leadoff spot. The early multi-hit effort is likely just the tip of the iceberg for Rodriguez, who should be even more proficient at the plate in his second season. He laced at least a pair of knocks in 39 of 132 games in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Nick Solak: Traded to Seattle
Solak was acquired by the Mariners in a trade with the Reds on Friday for cash considerations, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
He'll report to Triple-A Tacoma. Solak was designated for assignment Thursday, and he finds a new home a day later. The 28-year-old showed promise with the bat early in his career, but he's struggled to the tun of a .246/.317/.354 slash in 839 plate appearances since 2020. He provides Seattle with some depth as a player who can play both in the infield and outfield.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' AJ Pollock: Out of lineup again Friday
Pollock is out of the Mariners' starting lineup again Friday against the Guardians.
Pollock did not appear in Thursday's season opener and is on the bench again Friday, with Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez and Teoscar Hernandez covering the outfield, and Cooper Hummel at DH and hitting eighth. Pollock still has fantasy-relevant skills at age 35, but he'll need to actually play for them to matter.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Cooper Hummel: Gets start at DH
Hummel is hitting eighth as the designated hitter for Friday's game against the Guardians.
The Mariners have rotated bench options at designated hitter to begin the season, and Hummel will get the nod Friday after Tommy La Stella hit eighth as the DH in Thursday's opener. Acquired in a deal for Kyle Lewis in the winter, Hummel posted just a .581 OPS in 176 at-bats with the Diamondbacks last year but impressed during his time in the Cactus League this spring. He'll have a chance to win a consistent role with strong results in the early portion of the season.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Paul Sewald: Nabs win in opener
Sewald (1-0) recorded the win in the Mariners' victory over the Guardians on Thursday, firing a perfect eighth inning during which he recorded a strikeout.
The hard-throwing right-hander was utilized in a setup role to start the season and came out of the gates exceedingly sharp, pounding in 10 of his 12 pitches for strikes. Sewald was rewarded for preserving a scoreless tie when Ty France slugged a three-run home run in the home half of the frame. Andres Munoz logged the ninth-inning opportunity Thursday, but Sewald -- who recorded a career-high 20 saves in 2022 -- figures to get his fair share of closing chances over the course of the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' J.P. Crawford: On base twice in opener
Crawford (foot) went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run in the Mariners' win over the Guardians on Thursday.
Crawford slotted into his usual starting shortstop role as expected Opening Day after completing his recovery from a sore foot, and he made an impact by drawing a leadoff walk in the eighth inning of what was a scoreless game at that point. Crawford eventually came around to score on Ty France's three-run home run, which proved the difference in the contest. Crawford is likely to remain in or near the No. 9 spot he hit out of Thursday for the time being, but it's worth noting the 28-year-old hit all across the order in 2022, including 119 plate appearances in the leadoff spot.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Bryce Miller: Shielded from PCL
Miller will open the season with Double-A Arkansas, MLB.com reports.
The Mariners don't like sending prized pitching prospects to the Pacific Coast League due to how the conditions mess with pitchers, so while Miller earned a bump this spring and with his performance in 10 starts at Double-A last year, he'll return to Arkansas for now. Seattle jumped George Kirby directly from Double-A to the majors last year, and the same could happen with Miller this summer.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Cesar Hernandez: Gets MiLB deal from Seattle
Hernandez signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Friday, Daniel Alvarez-Montes of ElExtraBase.com reports.
After failing to make the cut for the Tigers' MLB roster, Hernandez was released by Detroit on Tuesday. It's only a minor-league deal for the 32-year-old infielder, so he will have to prove himself in Triple-A before he can work his way back to the majors.... See More ... See Less
Team Statistical Rankings
|R. Ray SP Robbie Ray SP||Elbow|
|D. Moore RF Dylan Moore RF||Oblique|
|T. Trammell RF Taylor Trammell RF||Hand|
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