Reinforcements are on the way, in the meantime, Mariners get shelled by Rangers
The Seattle Mariners dropped 2 of 3 games against the Texas Rangers this weekend and they did so in a most ugly manner. In 3 games, the Rangers racked up 23 run shelling starters James Paxton and Yovanni Gallardo. While the M’s drop 4 games below .500, all hope is not lost as 3 major players make their return next week.
|Jun 16||Texas||L||10 – 4|
|Jun 17||Texas||L||10 – 4|
|Jun 18||Texas||W||7 – 3|
Felix Hernandez to return vs. first-place Astros
The King, has missed almost 2 months with a shoulder injury this year, but he is scheduled to pitch next Friday the 23rd. Yesterday the 6 time All-Star threw 6 shut out innings at Triple A Tacoma. This bodes well as the M’s have been forced to become a team that gets into shootouts to win games. With injures to Drew Smyly, Hisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton, the Kings return comes as a relief to a beaten up squad.
Segura cleared for rehab
Segura tested his recovery from a high ankle sprain Saturday by running the bases and moving laterally to field ground balls in an early workout. Barring day-after problems, he will likely start a rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Tacoma.
“I feel I’m close,” Segura said. “The more things I do, the better I feel. I’m not 100 percent yet, but I’m moving well. I think by Monday, I should be much better.”
Right now the plans call for Segura to be the DH Monday for Tacoma in against Salt Lake (Angels) at Cheney Stadium. Segura would play shortstop Tuesday and, if all goes well, return Wednesday to the Mariners.
Segura is batting .341, which also would lead the league if he had 15 more plate appearances. Gamel has a slight edge in on-base percentage, through Friday, at .414 to .391.
The Bear, Iwakuma to return next weekend
Iwakuma (shoulder) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list and start either Saturday or Sunday during the Mariners’ series next weekend with the Astros. Iwakuma will first need to make a second rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, but assuming he’s able to hit 75 pitches without any renewed soreness, he’ll be cleared to make his next turn in the majors
Next side up
Seattle returns home to face Detroit in a four-game series, with RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-1, 3.41) making his first career start Monday against the Tigers. Gaviglio is 3-0 in his last four starts.