News: Smoak is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Marlins.
Impact: The Mariners will not be able to use a DH this weekend while playing in Miami, and manager Lloyd McClendon opted to go with Corey Hart at first base on Friday night. Smoak could start one of the next two games, but he should be back in a regular role next week following the three-game interleague series.
Abraham Almonte - #36 - Center Field - 5'9" - 205lbs
News: Almonte was 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored in a losing effort against the Marlins on Friday night.
Impact: He got off to a hot start but had cooled off at the plate of late as the two hits in this one improved his average to a modest .246 on the year. He has had his adventures in the outfield and on the bases but he has shown enough with the bat to provide the Mariners with a positive outlook regarding his future.
News: Young was roughed up for four runs on seven hits, walking three and not recording a strikeout over three innings but was left with a no-decision in an 8-4 loss to Miami on Friday night.
Impact: After a solid first start for the Mariners, he struggled in this one throwing just 38 of 73 pitches for strikes. A fill-in for the injury riddled Mariners rotation, he will be hard pressed to keep his spot once James Paxton, Taijuan Walker, and Hisashi Iwakuma are healthy.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Hart recorded his second straight two-hit game Thursday against Texas, including his fourth home run of the season.
Impact: Hart is hitting a less-than-pedestrian .233, but he's also slugging .535.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Cano was 1 for 5 Thursday against Texas, connecting on his first home run of the year.
Impact: Cano drove in three runs with the homer and has eight RBIs on the season. He's batting just .194 over his last nine games after hitting .391 through his first six.
News: Iwakuma (finger) came out of Friday's simulated game free of setbacks, and expects to report to Tacoma for a rehab assignment next week, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Iwakuma followed up Tuesday's 55-pitch bullpen session with a solid simulated game, in which he threw all of his pitches, including the splitter. He's optimistic about his progress, and will look to build on this performance in an actual minor league game. It's unclear how many rehab starts Iwakuma will ultimately need to build up his arm strength, but it looks as if he'll be ready to return to the majors within 1-2 weeks.
Brandon Maurer - #37 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 220lbs
News: Maurer is an "increasingly likely" candidate to start Sunday against the Marlins, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Back troubles doomed Maurer's bid for a rotation spot in spring training, but it sounds like he may be up to temporarily replace Blake Beavan (shoulder) in the rotation. Anthony Fernandez, the only other minor league starter currently on the Mariners' 40-man roster, just threw 83 pitches in a Triple-A start Wednesday. Maurer tossed 54 pitches Monday in his first start of the season, after making three relief appearances to begin the year. He'll likely be bumped when Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) is ready to roll.
Stephen Pryor - #46 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 245lbs
News: The Mariners activated Pryor (back) from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Pryor is finally healthy after battling injuries for the last several months, but the Mariners aren't ready to add him to the active roster at this time. He will work in relief for Tacoma and will be an option to join the Mariners sometime this summer.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Hernandez did not get a decision Wednesday.
Impact: Facing Texas ace Yu Darvish, Hernandez struck out nine in seven innings and gave up one run. You should use him next week against the lowly Astros.
News: Ramirez lasted only two-plus innings against the Rangers on Thursday, surrendering five runs on six hits and two walks.
Impact: After allowing four runs to Texas over the first two innings, he gave up two more in the third before getting yanked. Things have been rough for Erasmo recently, as he's allowed 13 runs (all earned) in his last 11 innings.
News: Cano finally hit his first homer of the year Thursday in Texas, a three-run shot. It was his only hit in five at-bats on the day.
Impact: Cano had been off to a fine start average-wise, but he's 1-for-9 (that homer being the one) over the last two games, dropping his average to .271. Nonetheless, now that he's gotten off the schneid, expect Cano to start parking balls with more regularity.
News: Zunino is not in the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The 23-year-old will get a day to rest his legs after catching four straight games, and 11 of the last 12. Zunino is off to a strong start, with 13 hits (including three homers) and nine RBI in 47 at-bats.
News: Hart will start in right field Thursday against the Rangers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: All 10 of Hart's starts thus far have come at DH, but he'll play the field Thursday for the first time in a Mariners uniform. There are obvious concerns as to how his knees will hold up, but it seems likely he'll continue to see only occasional starts in the outfield.
News: Morrison (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday.
Impact: It took just over two weeks into the regular season for the injury-prone Morrison to succumb to an ailment. This latest injury is not believed to be be a major concern, but he won't be eligible to return until April 30, a the earliest. Corey Hart should take over most of the at-bats at designated hitter, while Triple-A call-up Nick Franklin could also factor into the mix as well.
News: Rodney was charged with his first loss and blown save of the season Wednesday after allowing two unearned runs on two hits and a walk in the ninth inning.
Impact: Rodney unraveled after a ground ball that should have been an out at second base to end the game was lost due to an errant throw. He then threw a pitch that got away from catcher Mike Zunino and allowed the runners to advance before allowing the deciding hit. This is Rodney's first misstep of the season, and since his defense was largely at fault, it wouldn't be wise to suspect Rodney's job would be in danger any time soon.
News: Hernandez allowed four hits, one earned run and a walk with nine strikeouts over seven-plus innings Wednesday night against the Rangers. He came away with a no-decision.
Impact: Hernandez just barely out-dueled the Rangers' Yu Darvish, pitching seven strong innings before being pulling in the eighth after allowing a leadoff triple that eventually scored. He was in line for the win, but this was lost when the Rangers rallied to victory in the ninth. Hernandez increased his AL-leading strikeout total to 39 with just three walks through four starts.
News: The Seattle Mariners placed Morrison on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
Impact: Morrison, who hasn't played since leaving Monday's game, has a strained right hamstring. Manager Lloyd McClendon said he was concerned that Morrison could aggravate the injury during this weekend's series at Miami.
News: Walker has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement and will be shut down for two weeks, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Shoulder stiffness prevented Walker from getting loose for his scheduled minor league rehab start Tuesday, and the Mariners were forced to scratch the right-hander. Upon further examination, Walker has been found to have a shoulder impingement, with two weeks of rest prescribed to treat the ailment. Considering he'll have to slowly build strength once cleared to throw, and will likely have to do another rehab assignment, a return in mid-to-late May is looking like a best-case scenario.
News: Hart had two hits Tuesday.
Impact: Hart is 8 for 40 with a paltry .681 OPS.
News: Beavan slumped to Tuesday's 5-0 defeat to Texas and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Impact: Beavan was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to fill in for rookie left-hander James Paxton, who is out with a strained muscle in his back. He gave up six hits - two homers and four singles - in four innings with one strikeout. He came out for Dominic Leone because of shoulder soreness.
News: Beavan (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: An injury to James Paxton opened the door for Beavan to join the Mariners' rotation, but the right-hander lasted just four innings in his first start before shoulder stiffness forced him off the hill. The team recalled outfielder James Jones to take Beavan's spot on the active roster, and a replacement for Sunday -- Beavan's next scheduled turn -- remains uncertain.
News: Franklin has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
Impact: With Brad Miller and Robinson Cano expected to man the middle infield for the Mariners, Franklin could see outfield duty as a means of getting his bat in the lineup. The struggling Michael Saunders would seem to be the most likely candidate to lose out on at-bats if Franklin does in fact transition to an outfield role. If not, Franklin will just be on hand as an overqualified infield reserve.
Tom Wilhelmsen - #54 - Pitcher - 6'6" - 220lbs
News: Wilhelmsen returned from a bout of back stiffness Tuesday and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in one inning. He struck out one.
Impact: Wilhelmsen has not been sharp in limited work this season. He sat out the previous week with back stiffness, so maybe that played a part in Tuesday's collapse in which he allowed a two-run eighth-inning deficit to become a five-run deficit.
News: Morrison is expected to be placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a hamstring injury, the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Nick Franklin is expected to be called up from Triple-A Tacoma. Morrison's hamstring tightened on him Monday, and it was heavily bandaged Tuesday.
News: Franklin is expected to be called up Wednesday by the Mariners, the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Logan Morrison is expected to go on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Franklin lost the shortstop job in spring training to Brad Miller but started well at Triple-A Tacoma this season. He'll be a bench player for the Mariners.
News: Beavan was forced out of Tuesday's game with shoulder stiffness, 710 ESPN Seattle's Shannon Drayer reports. He went just four innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one strikeout against the Rangers. Manager Lloyd McClendon would not commit to a starter for Sunday's game, which would've been Beavan's next turn in the rotation.
Impact: He apparently thought the tightness would loosen up in the game, but it did not, and he was concerned with his velocity and lack of life on the ball. The lack of movement on his pitches could help explain the two home runs he gave up to Rangers hitters in the second inning, but they could also be explained by Beavan just not being that great of a pitcher. Owners in deeper leagues should keep tabs on his progress, but it sounds like he'll miss his next scheduled start.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Seager went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in Monday's 7-1 win over Texas.
Impact: Seager is still batting just .162, but hopefully his latest effort is a sign of things to come.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Zunino went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs in Monday's 7-1 win at Texas.
Impact: Zunino is now batting .282 with three homers and eight RBIs though his first 10 games. He hit five long balls in 52 games last season.
News: Walker was scratched from his minor league rehab start Tuesday with shoulder stiffness, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: The 21-year-old was moved up to Triple-A Tacoma for Tuesday's start, leading to speculation that he could return to the major league team as soon as Sunday, but the right-hander failed to get loose thanks to the tight shoulder. Walker will be re-evaluated Wednesday, and that exam should shed light on the severity of this setback.
News: Iwakuma (finger) will pitch his sim game Friday, not Saturday, as was originally stated, ESPN Radio Seattle's Shannon Drayer reports.
Impact: He's scheduled to throw 50 pitches during the sim game with 30 pitches during his warmup. This is just a clarification note, as the team originally said he'd pitch Saturday. He threw a 55-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, and remains on track to return in a couple weeks.
News: Iwakuma tossed a 55-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, after which he reported no issues with his healing finger, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Among his array of pitches, Iwakuma showed off his splitfinger, reaching a critical point in his recovery from a finger strain. Once he completes his scheduled simulated game Saturday, a rehab assignment should soon follow, barring a setback. Currently, he remains on course for a return in late April or early May.
News: Ackley isn't in the Mariners' lineup Tuesday at Texas, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: While Ackley is relegated to the bench for the second time in three contests, Willie Bloomquist will manage left field and bat eighth in the order. Nonetheless, Ackley is currently honed in at the plate, accumulating six hits, including a pair of doubles, in his last 12 at-bats.
News: Cano went 15-for-46 (.326) with five RBI and five runs scored over his first 12 games with the Mariners.
Impact: Cano's batting average is healthy, but he has tallied just two doubles and zero home runs up to this point, and owns a slugging percentage (.370) far lower than his career mark of .503. His power typically comes later in the season as the weather gets warmer, but it may still be awhile until that occurs, as his career .455 slugging percentage and .774 OPS in May are by far the lowest of any month.
News: Beavan, who is starting Tuesday's tilt in Texas, has been tentatively penciled in for another nod Sunday at Miami, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Mariners appear to have their contingency plan in place in case Taijaun Walker (shoulder) emerges from Tuesday's rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma requiring further recovery time. In any case, Beavan has made two appearances at Tacoma this season, posting a 2.08 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 8:4 K:BB in 13 innings.
News: Seager finally found some success at the plate Monday, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Impact: Seager has had a disaster of a season to date, hitting just .121 before Monday's two-hit day. After a strong 2013 in which he hit .260 with 22 homers, Seager should be able to get his season on track in the near future.
News: Zunino went 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season Monday night.
Impact: Zunino has hit the ball better this season than he did in his brief stay with the Mariners a season ago. The young catcher is up to .282 on the season with eight RBI to go with his three home runs.
News: Elias pitched well in a win, holding the Rangers to one run in 6.2 innings Monday.
Impact: The rookie starter is throwing well to start the season, tossing 16.2 innings of four-run ball in his first three major league starts. The young lefty will take on the Marlins this weekend on the road.
News: Morrison (hamstring), who was removed from Monday's game in the first inning, will be re-evaluated Tuesday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: Morrison's hammy apparently tightened up before Monday's game, and he came out of the contest after idly playing right field in the top of the first inning. While this doesn't sound particularly serious, Morrison does have an extensive injury history, and his evaluation could perhaps include a discussion about the disabled list.
News: Beavan, who is scheduled to start Tuesday's game against the Rangers, was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: Beavan is tentatively penciled in for a second start Sunday in Miami, but he's merely biding his time until Taijuan Walker (shoulder) joins the rotation, which could happen as soon as Sunday.
Lucas Luetge - #44 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 205lbs
News: Luetge was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: With Blake Beavan being called up to start Tuesday's game in Texas, Luetge loses his spot on the 25-man roster. The 27-year-old lefty struggled in two appearances, allowing two runs over one inning.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Cano continues to pile up the singles for Seattle, collecting two in four at-bats Sunday against the Athletics.
Impact: Cano is slugging just .381 with two extra-base hits - both doubles. Sixty-eight of his 190 hits in 2013 were for extra bases.
News: Morrison was removed from Monday's game in the first inning because of a tight right hamstring, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Morrison played right field in the top of the first, but he was removed in favor of Michael Saunders before fielding a ball or taking a plate appearance. While the injury doesn't sound particularly serious, Morrison has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career.
Tom Wilhelmsen - #54 - Pitcher - 6'6" - 220lbs
News: Wilhelmsen didn't take the mound this past weekend due to a stiff back, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. However, manager Lloyd McClendon relayed that Wilhelmsen is available out of the Mariners' bullpen Monday in Texas, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com.
Impact: In four appearances this season, Wilhelmsen has three strikeouts and three walks and hasn't been as sharp as the Mariners would like.
News: Iwakuma (finger) is scheduled to throw another bullpen Tuesday, and will then progress to a 45-pitch simulated game Saturday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
Impact: Iwakuma is set to begin incorporating his splitter this week, as he previous two bullpen sessions have been mostly fastballs and changeups. Provided he can make it through this week unscathed, Iwakuma will likely progress to live hitters the following week. As long as he remains free of setbacks, Iwakuma should be right on target for a late-April or early-May return.
News: Young threw six shutout innings against the A's on Sunday in his first start of the season. He allowed four hits and three walks while striking out two. Alas, the Mariners couldn't score off Scott Kazmir and the A's bullpen, so Young walked away with a no-decision.
Impact: Young will stick in the rotation for the short-term with James Paxton on the DL, though he might revert back to fifth starter treatment once Taijuan Walker comes off the DL.
News: Seager went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the loss to the A's on Sunday.
Impact: Seager had a lot of company Sunday, as only two Mariners could muster hits against Scott Kazmir and the A's bullpen. But he's off to a horrible start at the plate, hitting .121/.293/.212 to begin the year.
Charlie Furbush - #41 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 215lbs
News: Furbush gave up a two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes on Sunday in a 0-0 game in the eighth inning to get the loss.
Impact: The Mariners had been comfortable using Furbush in a late-inning role. He began Sunday's inning with a walk before the Cespedes homer.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Ackley was 2 for 4 on Saturday against the A's.
Impact: Ackley owns a .854 OPS.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Ramirez suffered the loss Saturday night.
Impact: In each of his five innings, Ramirez allowed the leadoff batter to reach. He gave up six hits and walked three, but managed to get through five innings, helping save Seattle's bullpen. "I don't know what happened today,'' Ramirez said. "The last two starts have been, I don't know, the ball is just running too much now."
News: Walker (shoulder) will make his next rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A Tacoma, Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: If everything goes off without a hitch, it seems as though Walker could slot back into the Mariners' rotation as early as Sunday against the Marlins.
News: Morrison is not in the lineup Sunday against the Athletics.
Impact: Morrison will take a seat with lefty Scott Kazmir on the mound for Oakland, while Corey Hart takes over as designated hitter. Morrison has played in six of the Mariners' first 10 games this season, going 3-for-19 at the plate with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Willie Bloomquist - #8 - Short Stop - 5'11" - 190lbs
News: Bloomquist will start in left field and bat ninth in the order Sunday against the Athletics.
Impact: Bloomquist will get just his second start of the season in favor of Dustin Ackley in left field, who is getting a routine day of rest. With lefty Scott Kazmir on the mound for Oakland, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is likely just trying to get another right-handed bat in the lineup.
News: Ackley is not in the lineup Sunday against the Athletics.
Impact: Ackley has started all ten of the Mariners' previous games in left field, but he'll give way to Willie Bloomquist on Sunday. With southpaw Scott Kazmir on the mound for the Athletics, manager Lloyd McClendon likely wants to get another right-handed bat in the lineup, as well as allowing Ackley a day of rest. The 26-year-old Ackley is off to a good start, slashing .308/.341/.513 with six RBI to begin 2014.
News: Cano was 2 for 4 Friday against Oakland with his third RBI of the season.
Impact: Cano is hitting .324 through his first nine games for Seattle though he has just two extra-base hits.
News: Zunino continued to crush the ball Friday against Oakland, going 2 for 4 with his second homer of the season.
Impact: Zunino is slugging .563 through eight games, a number almost any owner will take from their catcher.
News: Hernandez improved to 3-0 with another dominant showing Friday against Oakland, limiting the A's to two runs and four hits over seven innings while striking out 11 for the second time in three starts.
Impact: King Felix has an impressive 30 strikeouts in 21 1-3 innings while issuing just two walks.
News: Iwakuma (finger) threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Everything went smoothly for Iwakuma, who increased his pitch count from 34 to 45 but didn't throw his splitter. He's expected to begin incorporating that pitch in his third bullpen Tuesday, and while nothing's official, a live session could follow, if the team feels he's ready.
News: Walker (shoulder) will have his rehab assignment moved from Double-A Jackson to Triple-A Tacoma, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Walker will take the next step in his progression, but this also means that he won't pitch Tuesday's game, which will likely go to Blake Beavan. Nonetheless, Walker appears to be just one or two rehab starts away from his 2014 debut and is talented enough to warrant consideration in nearly any format.
News: Beavan will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: With James Paxton (back) recently placed on the disabled list, the Mariners have an opening in the rotation. Beavan will very likely start Tuesday's game against the Rangers in Arlington but may be shipped back to the minors after that outing. Taijuan Walker (shoulder) seems to be nearing his 2014 debut, and Paxton isn't expected to be out for long. Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) is also making progress and could be back in late April or early May.
News: Hart isn't in the starting lineup Saturday against the A's, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Hart had himself a two-homer game Tuesday, but it seems that his biceps issue still requires some maintenance. The M's are likely being mindful of the workload on his knees as well, so he may continue to sit here and there. Logan Morrison will DH on Saturday.
News: Walker (shoulder) is under consideration to start Tuesday against the Rangers, according to Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune.
Impact: A decision should be made between Walker and Blake Beavan in the next 24 hours regarding who to use Tuesday. Walker is a very highly regarded prospect and worth grabbing in all formats when he's activated from the DL.
News: Zunino hit a two-run homer Friday for his second home run of the season in a two-hit night against the A's.
Impact: Zunino is holding his own thus far with nine hits in 32 at-bats (.281) and four extra-base hits. Backup John Buck has only played once in the first nine games but likely will see more action. The Mariners have had a couple off days and a rainout, which gave Zunino a chance to rest.
Brad Miller - #5 - Short Stop - 6'2" - 200lbs
News: Miller hit his third homer of the season Friday in a two-hit night against the A's.
Impact: Five of Miller's hits this season have gone for extra bases. He's struck out 14 times in nine games, but that likely will improve. His strikeout rate last year was solid 15.5 percent.
News: Rodney collected his third save of the season Friday night against the Athletics, allowing one hit and striking out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning.
Impact: Rodney has converted all three of his save chances this season and has seven strikeouts in four appearances.
News: Hernandez pitched a strong seven-plus innings Friday against the A's with 11 strikeouts, no walks and four hits allowed, giving up only two runs thanks to a leaky bullpen to move to 3-0.
Impact: Hernandez retired the first 10 batters and gave up only one hard hit, a double. He came out for the eighth inning despite being at 100 pitches but was pulled after a hit batter and a single. Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn't hold it there and the two runners scored. Nevertheless, Felix dominated again. In three starts this season, he has 30 strikeouts and two walks.
News: Iwakuma (finger) will throw another bullpen session Saturday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Iwakuma will still need to throw a few more bullpen sessions before he is ready. He remains on target for a late-April or early-May return.
News: Paxton (back) is unlikely to throw for another week, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Even with the delay, Paxton could still possibly return from the DL when eligible April 25, if all goes well with his strained lat muscle once he starts throwing again. The young hurler has been impressive through two turns this season, racking up 13 strikeouts over 12 innings and allowing three runs.
Yoervis Medina - #31 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 245lbs
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Medina has allowed one run in five middle-relief outings this season.
Impact: Medina had one hiccup in his third appearance of the season, but otherwise has allowed just one hit. He's a pretty steady middle-relief arm who could get his fair share of holds (three already this season). He struggled with walks last season (4.4 BB/9) and has already walked three in 5.0 innings (with six strikeouts). The walks did not come back to bite him last season (2.91 ERA), but it's something to keep an eye on.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Elias lost to the Angels on Wednesday night.
Impact: Elias was done after five innings, another solid start for the youngster who never pitched above Double-A last season. He will get the ball again next week against Texas.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franklin has opened the season on a tear at Triple-A Tacoma with a 9-for-19 mark (.474) including three homers and seven RBI through five games.
Impact: The Mariners don't have a place for him to play, so Franklin is currently stuck waiting for a trade or an injury to pave his path back to the big leagues. Of his five games played at Tacoma, Franklin has played three at second base and two at shortstop thus far.
News: Elias took the loss on Wednesday against the Angels despite allowing only five base runners in five innings.
Impact: Elias recorded only two strike outs while walking one batter. Like his first start, it was nothing spectacular but he has allowed only three earned runs in his first two major league starts.
News: The Mariners will be without Paxton after he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle on the left side of his back. Seattle announced the move Wednesday after an MRI confirmed the original diagnosis of a strained latissimus dorsi muscle.
Impact: Paxton left Tuesday night's win over the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning after feeling a twinge in the muscle. Paxton got the win, retiring 14 straight batters during one stretch to improve to 2-0. Seattle recalled left-hander Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Tacoma to take Paxton's roster spot. Manager Lloyd McClendon said right-hander Chris Young will take Paxton's scheduled turn in the rotation on Sunday against Oakland.
News: Walker (shoulder) was dominant in his rehab start at Double-A Jackson on Wednesday, striking out 10 in five innings and allowing just three hits and one walk on 84 pitches, Jackson's broadcaster Chris Harris reports.
Impact: This was Walker's second rehab start and it represented an improvement on his previous outing, when he threw just 72 pitches. It's possible he could be activated from the DL soon, assuming he came out of this start without a setback. Also, James Paxton's recently announced DL stint will open up a spot in the Mariners' rotation, which Walker could allow Walker to slot right in.
News: Paxton earned a 5-3 win over the Angels on Tuesday.
Impact: Paxton retired 14 straight in one stretch and allowed three runs in five innings. He left in the sixth after straining a muscle on the left side of his back. Paxton is scheduled to have an MRI on Wednesday, but didn't consider the injury serious.
News: Hart was a fantasy stud Tuesday.
Impact: Hart homered twice and drove in four runs to bust out of a 3-for-18 slide.
Lucas Luetge - #44 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 205lbs
News: Luetge was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Luetge didn't quite make the cut out of spring training, but will get an opportunity with the major league club with James Paxton (lat) landing on the DL. The left-hander will presumably work as a specialist out of the bullpen, so it's still uncertain who will take Paxton's spot in the rotation.
News: Paxton (back) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Manager Lloyd McClendon had suggested Paxton was likely DL-bound, after the left-hander was forced from Tuesday's start with a lat strain, but the team officially deactivated Paxton and brought up Lucas Luetge prior to Wednesday's game. Paxton will be eligible to come off the DL on April 25, but it's far too early to tell whether he'll be ready at that time.
News: Paxton (back) is likely headed for the DL, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: While manager Lloyd McClendon said he's still waiting on official word from the training staff, he said it's "highly unlikely" Paxton makes his scheduled start Sunday, and that Paxton will "most likely" require a DL stint. The 25-year-old left his start Tuesday in the sixth inning with a lat strain, and with Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) and Taijuan Walker (shoulder) still out, the M's will have to bide their time with a makeshift rotation.
News: Iwakuma said he threw 34 pitches without issue in a bullpen session Wednesday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Wednesday's bullpen session marked Iwakuma's first since he strained a ligament in his finger in early February, and while a timetable for him to head for a rehab assignment hasn't been established, the right-hander said, "Hopefully soon." Iwakuma will likely needs a couple more bullpens and at least one live session before getting the green light to pitch in minor league games.
News: Paxton has left Seattle's home opener against the Los Angeles Angels after straining a muscle in his left side.
Impact: Paxton left in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday night. The team announced a preliminary diagnosis of a strain of the left lat muscle and said he will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
News: Rodney picked up his second save of the season in Tuesday's home opener, as the Mariners topped the Angels 5-3 at Safeco Field.
Impact: The former Ray, Angel and Tiger got off to a rocky start in his first appearance as a Mariner at home, walking the first two batters in the ninth. He recovered nicely, though, fanning pinch-hitter Ian Stewart and Howie Kendrick before getting Raul Ibanez to fly out to left. If the M's can get decent performances out of their pitching staff and some consistency from their bats, Rodney could have a shot of surpassing the 37 saves he tallied last year in Tampa.
News: Hart put the Mariners on his back Tuesday, completing a Seattle comeback with two homers against the Angels. His first was a three-run shot in the third and he added a solo bomb in the seventh.
Impact: The 6-6 DH put on quite a show for Mariners fans in their home opener, putting up his 15th-career multi-home run game. He has sat three of eight games this year to rest his ailing bicep, but looked no worse for wear in smacking his second and third home runs of the season. Hart now owns a .227 batting average over five games and should return to his regular spot in the outfield soon enough.
News: Paxton left Tuesday's start after one batter in the sixth inning with a left lat strain, according to the Mariners broadcast.
Impact: Paxton gave up three runs on two homers in the first inning but then settled down and cruised through the next four innings, retiring 14 consecutive batters. After a leadoff single in the sixth and the one pitch to the next batter, Paxton called out the trainer. He struck out four, walked none and gave up four hits.
News: Walker's (shoulder) second rehab start will take place at Double-A Jackson this week, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: In his initial rehab outing at High-A High Desert on Friday, Walker scattered two runs (one earned) across 4.1 innings. He's expected to increase his workload from 72 to 85-90 pitches, an outing that may mark his last, before he's activated from the DL. If he avoids a setback, his season debut will likely take place early next week.
News: Iwakuma (finger) is slated to throw a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The session will mark Iwakuma's first in his recovery from a strained finger in his right hand. Once he completes a handful of bullpens without a setback, rehab starts will be next on the docket, which forecasts a season debut for late April or early May.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With the Mariners already off Monday, Hart was given the day off Sunday to rest his sore biceps.
Impact: With Hart out, Logan Morrison started at DH and Michael Saunders in right field. "It's a great opportunity to get him two days off, get him freshened up and ready for the home opener," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I think the light is starting to flick a little bit for him. You can see the hands starting to quicken up; he's starting to recognize breaking balls a little better. He's still not quite over the hump with the tissue issue with his bicep, but he's getting there. I just want to be careful with him and keep him moving forward. The opportunity to give him two days off just makes sense."
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth inning, Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte hit home runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Saturday.
Impact: Hernandez (2-0, 1.88 ERA) retired the first 11 batters on the way to his 16th career win over the Athletics, his most against any team. Hernandez walked one and struck out eight while allowing a run on six hits over 8 1-3 innings.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Iwakuma (finger) will play long toss Sunday and is scheduled to throw a midweek bullpen session, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Iwakuma will presumably move forward to a rehab appearance if his bullpen session goes well, as he continues to recover from a sprained tendon in his finger. He'll likely need a few rehab starts to build up his arm strength, which puts him in line for a return in late April or early May.
News: Ackley hit a two-run homer for his first long ball of the season Saturday in a win at the A's.
Impact: Ackley has started the season well after his struggles the last couple years. It's still early, of course, but last year, he didn't hit his first home run until May 4.
Abraham Almonte - #36 - Center Field - 5'9" - 205lbs
News: Almonte crushed his first home run of the season Saturday in a win at the A's.
Impact: Almonte has a hit in five of six games this season, including three multi-hit games. His inexperience has shown in recent games, with misplays in the field and on the basepaths, but he's held his own in the leadoff spot for the most part thus far.
News: Rodney earned his first save as a Mariner on Saturday, striking out two to beat the A's, 3-1.
Impact: Rodney relieved Felix Hernandez with one out and a man on second base in the ninth inning and quickly ended the threat.
News: Hernandez pitched a dominating 8.1 innings Saturday, allowing one run on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts at the A's.
Impact: Hernandez took a four-hit shutout into the ninth inning on just 93 pitches but ran out of gas. He gave up a home run to the first batter faced in the ninth and then allowed a single. Hernandez was nearly untouchable for eight innings, though, retiring his first 11 batters faced. He threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of 32 batters and finished with just 101 pitches (72 for strikes).
News: Iwakuma (finger) is healthy enough for a rehab appearance, which is still a few weeks away due to weather concerns at Triple-A Tacoma, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: After a flat-ground session Friday, Iwakuma is slated for another Sunday, with a bullpen session expected by the end of next week. In the best-case scenario, though, he's unlikely to make his season debut until late April or early May.
News: Young will revert to the Mariners' long man out of the bullpen for the foreseeable future, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Young's first start of the season Friday was postponed due to a wet field, and due to scheduling quirks -- off-days Monday and Thursday -- this coming week, the services of the Mariners' fifth starter won't be required for some time. Because Taijuan Walker (shoulder) is less than 10 days from activation from the DL, if he avoids a setback, Young's placement in the pen could be a permanent one.
News: Walker (shoulder) may be able to join the Mariners' rotation, after one more rehab start, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: During Friday's scheduled rehab outing at High-A High Desert, Walker tossed 72 pitches without an apparent setback, according to Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle. While he's slated to ramp up his workload to 85-90 pitches in his upcoming nod, the Mariners have yet to determine where exactly he'll pitch. Nevertheless, manager Lloyd McClendon relayed that Walker is less than 10 days from his 2014 debut, if all goes as planned.
News: Young's start Friday night against the A's was postponed due to wet field conditions, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Felix Hernandez will start as scheduled Saturday, while the A's and Mariners are not expected to play a doubleheader, so Young's turn in the rotation will likely be skipped for now as the clubs have elected to play just one game Saturday.
News: The Mariners' game Friday was postponed due to wet field conditions, but Hernandez will still take the ball Saturday afternoon, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Mariners will skip Friday's starter Chris Young so their ace can pitch Saturday on normal rest. A doubleheader has not been scheduled for Saturday even though the field is supposed to be improved for the matinee matchup.
News: Walker (shoulder) will make his first start for High-A High Desert on Friday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
Impact: This is the tail-end of Walker's rehab so it's likely he'll make a start at High-A and possibly one more depending on the results. He could be looking at a mid-April return barring any setbacks.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Seager was awful again for Seattle on Thursday.
Impact: Seager was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and is 1 for 11 on the year. You may want to get rid of him.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Elias failed to become the first Cuban-born pitcher to win a game for Seattle on Thursday.
Impact: Elias, an all-star in the minors a year ago, allowed one runs and two hits in five effective innings but left with a no-decision. The 25-year-old lefty allowed only two runners past first base and struck out three and walked three.
News: Iwakuma (finger) threw a flat-ground session Friday and is scheduled to throw another Sunday, Shannon Drayer of ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: Iwakuma remains on track to throw a regular bullpen session in about a week, and from there the Mariners will establish a rehab schedule in Triple-A. He is still looking at a late-April/early-May return.
News: Zunino is not in the starting lineup Friday against the A's, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Zunino caught three of the team's first four games, so he'll get a day to rest his legs Friday. The 23-year-old has recorded an extra-base hit in each of his starts thus far, including a home run Wednesday, which is a good sign especially after he hit just .214/.290/.329 in 52 games last year.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Paxton shut down the Angels in Wednesday's 8-2 road win.
Impact: Paxton allowed two hits, two walks and struck out nine over seven scoreless innings. Fantasy owners in need of pitching may want to give the left-hander a shot.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Smoak went 2 for 5 with another homer and two runs in Wednesday's 8-2 road win over the Angels.
Impact: Smoak is batting .462 with two homers, seven RBIs and five runs through the first three games. Fantasy owners should continue to play him until he cools off.
News: Ramirez earned the win Tuesday for the M's.
Impact: Ramirez pitched seven innings of six-hit ball with six strikeouts in a terrific effort.
Brad Miller - #5 - Short Stop - 6'2" - 200lbs
News: Miller belted a pair of homers Tuesday for the M's.
Impact: It was 'Miller time' for the infielder as he crushed two offerings to move into a tie for the big-league lead in homers. The Clemson product definitely has some pop. Miller has four multihomer games - but just 10 total homers - in his career.
News: Smoak was outstanding Tuesday for the M's.
Impact: Smoak doubled in three runs and also singled. Smoak has six RBIs in the Mariners' first two games.
News: Ackley was 2 for 4 and drove in three runs Monday against the Angels.
Impact: Ackley recorded three or more RBIs just three times all last season.
News: Smoak was 2 for 4 with a homer in Monday's win over the Angels.
Impact: Smoak has homered in each of his last two games against the Angels after going deep just twice in his previous 19 matchups with the Halos.
News: Cano was 2 for 4 with a double Monday in his Mariners debut against the Angels.
Impact: It remains to be seen how playing at Safeco Field will affect Cano's overall numbers, though he looked more than fine on the road on Opening Night.
Stephen Pryor - #46 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 245lbs
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Pryor has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21.
Impact: He is recovering from surgery on his right latissimus dorsi muscle.