Pryor goes on DL, bullpen getting thin

PryorStephenStephen Pryor was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Mariners on Monday after the right-handed reliever was diagnosed with a tear in the latissimus dorsi muscle behind his right shoulder.

Pryor, 23, felt tightness in his back during Sunday’s victory over the Rangers and was taken out of the game after pitching 1 1/3 innings. The tear in his lat muscle was discovered during tests by Mariners medical director Edward Khalfayan.

The Mariners were off on Monday, so a roster move to fill Pryor’s spot on the 25-man roster won’t be announced until prior to Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Tigers.

This is a significant hit to the Mariners’ bullpen as the hard-throwing youngster had pitched in seven of the Mariners’ first 14 games this season and not allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings with just three hits and one walk, while striking out seven.

So what now?

The right-handed situation is suddenly pretty thin behind closer Tom Wilhelmsen and Carter Capps, with Blake Beavan the other righty in the pen after getting demoted from the rotation just three days ago upon Aaron Harang’s arrival by trade.

The Mariners could recall Lucas Luetge, who was just sent down to Triple-A Tacoma last week, though that would give the bullpen four left-handers — along with Oliver Perez, Charlie Furbush and recently promoted Bobby LaFromboise — and just the three right-handers.

Available right-handed relievers in Tacoma include Logan Bawcom, Danny Farquhar, Jhonny Nunez, Brian Sweeney and Yoervis Medina. Of that group, only Medina is on the 40-man roster, so any other promotion would require a move to create a spot.

Veteran right-hander Kameron Loe was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Saturday after being designated for assignment last week by the Mariners. Josh Kinney, another veteran right-hander, is on the 60-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his ribs.

Hector Noesi, who has worked some in relief in the past for both the Yankees and Mariners, was just promoted to Tacoma from Double-A Jackson on Monday after pitching 11 scoreless innings with five hits, three walks and 12 strikeouts in his first two starts with Double-A Jackson.

Would be a bit of a surprise to see Noesi get the call so soon, though he is on the 40-man roster and actually pitched much better in relief last year. The guy I thought might be on the radar later in the season is Carson Smith, the hard-throwing young closer at Jackson who impressed in camp. But not sure the Mariners want to jump him that quickly.

So we’ll see who shows up on Tuesday …

1 Comment

This Sucks, Pryor was looking great and now he basically is going to have to restart building up his arm strength. As I’ve heard guys like Pryor who can touch 100 usually start the season siting 95 as they build arm strength to eventually sit 97-98.

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