Drayer: Mariners receive good news on injury front
NEW YORK – For once, the injury news is good for the Mariners.
The same 25-man roster that was available for the series finale against the Braves in Atlanta on Wednesday is available Friday night in the Bronx. It appears that the injuries Guillermo Heredia and Robinson Cano suffered will not require time on the DL. Heredia, in fact, is in the lineup.
“Heredia’s okay,” said manager Scott Servais, shaking his head. “He’s got hit in that same spot in the forearm (as in a previous game) so he is very tender but good to go.”
As for Cano, the MRI showed a very mild, Grade 1 strain of his hamstring.
“We are going to give him the night off, play it safe,” said Servais. “He will be available to pinch hit off the bench if we need him.”
With the short turnaround time due to back-to-back day games coming up this weekend, Servais felt it was important that Cano get at least one more day to rest the hamstring. Cano said swinging the bat was no problem and that there was a chance we could see him in tonight’s game.
“We need the bat in the lineup,” said Servais. “He’s a big part of what we do offensively and hopefully we give him another day today and he will be good to go the next day.”
Servais said he had thought about perhaps using Cano as the designated hitter this weekend and putting Nelson Cruz back in right field. It is not something he would do at Safeco Field, but with the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium, it is a consideration.
• MLB announced suspensions stemming from the three separate brawls between the Yankees and Tigers on Thursday in Detroit, but at this point it looks like the Yankees will have all players available for the weekend series against the Mariners due to the suspended players appealing. New York’s Gary Sanchez was levied a four-game suspension, while fellow Yankees catcher Austin Romine received a two-game ban. Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera received the biggest suspension at seven games.
• Jarrod Dyson, who is on the 10-day DL with a groin strain, ran for the first time Friday under the watch of a trainer and all went well. “Now we ramp it up, batting practice today maybe shag in the outfield tomorrow,” Dyson said after. “I can take a swing no problem. Running is the test and it felt better than I expected today.” Dyson is eligible to come off the DL Sunday, but with legs being such a big part of his game he needs to be as near to 100 percent as possible before returning. Because of this and roster expansion on Sept. 1, he may remain on the DL a few extra days.
• Tony Zych returned to Seattle to be seen by team doctors, who confirmed the initial diagnosis of a flexor bundle strain. Zych was placed on the DL Tuesday.
• James Paxton and Felix Hernandez have started throwing, with Hernandez playing catch on back-to-back days. Both will have to progress out to 150 feet and then bring it back in to flat ground with more intensity before getting back on the mound. At the earliest, we could see one or both throw from the mound for the first time in about a week.