As voting for the Midsummer Classic hits the home stretch, Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz continues to maintain his lead for the starting designated-hitter position on the American League team in the latest 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot results.
After a rough two-inning rehab start in Triple-A Tacoma on Monday night, the Mariners will have veteran right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma make at least one more Minor League start instead of rejoining the rotation on Saturday as originally planned.
Mariners fans may pay closer attention to the club’s Triple-A affiliate than they usually would tonight.
Mike Zunino slugged a pair of two-run home runs, Guillermo Heredia launched one of his own and Mariners’ bullpen did not allow a run in a 6-2 win over the Tigers on Monday night at Safeco Field, opening a four-game series.
Christian Bergman has been around long enough to know the score. The 29-year-old right-hander has filled in very well at times over the past six weeks for an injury-plagued Mariners rotation, but the clock is ticking with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma expected to return by next weekend.
The Mariners jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning against starter Yu Darvish, and they avoided a sweep with a 7-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.
Right-hander Rob Whalen was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday by the Mariners in yet another move to keep a fresh long reliever available in their bullpen, with lefty Zac Curtis optioned back to Double-A Arkansas after pitching three innings in Friday’s 10-4 loss to the Rangers.
The Mariners wasted no time signing the majority of their top selections from this week’s MLB Draft, as the club announced on Sunday that 26 of their 40 picks are now under contract, including first-rounder Evan White.
After two months on the disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder, veteran right-hander Felix Hernandez will rejoin the Mariners’ rotation on Friday in the opening game of the Astros series at Safeco Field, manager Scott Servais said Sunday.
For Max Povse, the timing was perfect — a Father’s Day callup to the big leagues for the first time. Naturally, his first phone call when he heard the news went to his father, Max, back home in North Carolina.
Jean Segura put his injured right ankle through an extensive workout running the bases and taking ground balls on Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Park, as the standout shortstop continued getting closer to rejoining the Mariners at some point next week.
Like all 30 Major League teams, the Mariners are giving a tip of the hat to dads this Father’s Day Weekend, and they are doing so wearing special light-blue caps along with blue wristbands and ribbons on their uniforms as part of an effort to raise awareness and funds to fight prostate cancer.