Mariners make first cuts of camp
With Minor League camp opening Wednesday, the Mariners cut 13 players from their Major League camp as they began the process of weeding down to an eventual 25-man roster.
The Mariners opened with a club-record 68 players, so they still have 55 in camp. Wednesday’s moves included three involving players on the 40-man roster, with injured left-hander Danny Hultzen optioned to Triple-A Tacoma and outfielder Julio Morban and left-hander Anthony Fernandez optioned to Double-A Jackson.
Hultzen, one of the club’s top prospects, will not play at all this season as he’s rehabbing from rotator cuff surgery. Morban, 22, also is on the injury mend as he’s recovering from a broken ankle that occurred at in late August while he was playing for Jackson.
The 10 other players were non-roster invitees, so they were re-assigned to Minor League camp. That group included four position players – catchers John Hicks and Manuel Pina, infielder Gabriel Noriega and outfielder Burt Reynolds, who is the cousin of second baseman Robinson Cano.
Also re-assigned were right-handed pitchers Jonathan Arias, Andrew Carraway, Stephen Kohlscheen, Mark Rogers and Chance Ruffin and left-hander James Gillheeney.
The Mariners now have 37 roster players and 18 non-roster invitees remaining in camp.