Mariners Roster Update: Winker to rest back, bullpen move
The Mariners had a pair of players leave their loss to the Yankees on Monday night due to injury, and there is news Tuesday to report on both of them.
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First up, left fielder Jesse Winker is out of the lineup for Tuesday’s game as manager Scott Servais will allow him at least a day to rest after suffering back spasms that took him out of action midgame Monday.
“We tried to get him on some muscle relaxers. We’ll see how he comes in today,” the skipper said during the weekly Scott Servais Show on Seattle Sports. “I do not have him in the lineup today, hopefully it’s just one day out (and) he’s going to be OK, but we’ll know more here in the next couple hours once he gets in the training room and starts moving around a little bit.”
With Winker sitting, Jake Lamb will get the start in left field and hit cleanup Tuesday against New York. Lamb, a native of the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, was a trade deadline acquisition last week from the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is 1 for 5 with a walk in three games thus far with the Mariners.
The second player to leave Monday’s game was left-handed reliever Ryan Borucki, who couldn’t finish the ninth inning. It’s worse news with him as Seattle has placed him on the 10-day injured list with a left flexor strain, recalling fellow southpaw Brennan Bernardino from Triple-A Tacoma to take his place on the active roster.
Borucki, 28, has had his moments since joining the Mariners in June in a minor trade with Toronto. He owns a 4.26 ERA with 13 strikeouts to six walks over 19 innings and 21 appearances for Seattle this season, a vast improvement from his 9.95 ERA in 11 games with the Blue Jays earlier in the year.
Bernardino, 30, made his MLB debut with the M’s on July 31. He has appeared in two games over two stints with the team, allowing one earned run over 2 1/3 innings.
Seattle announced one additional transaction Tuesday: outfielder Travis Jankowski has become a free agent after declining an assignment to Triple-A. Jankowski was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets on Aug. 1 and appeared in just one game for the M’s. He was designated for assignment last week when Lamb was added to the roster.
The Mariners will have All-Star starting pitcher Luis Castillo make his T-Mobile Park debut at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday night in a rematch against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. It will be Castillo’s third start against the Yankees in his last four games, which includes when he was still a member of the Cincinnati Reds. Game coverage will be carried on Seattle Sports, the flagship of the Mariners Radio Network, beginning with the pregame show at 6. For details on how to stream the game on the Seattle Sports app or at SeattleSports.com, click here.
Here is the full Mariners lineup for Tuesday’s game:
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