Mariners’ Marco Gonzales to IL, prospect Bryan Woo makes debut

Jun 2, 2023, 7:44 PM | Updated: Jun 3, 2023, 4:28 pm

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Bryan Woo pitches in an Arizona Fall League game on Nov. 2, 2022. (Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Seattle Mariners starter Marco Gonzales remained in Seattle for tests on his left forearm and did make his scheduled start Saturday in Texas after being placed on the 15-day injured list.

The Mariners selected right-hander Bryan Woo from Double-A Arkansas to pitch in Gonzales’ spot in what was his big league debut. To make room on the 40-man roster, Seattle moved pitcher Easton McGee (Tommy John surgery) to the 60-day IL.

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Manager Scott Servais said Friday before the series opener against the Rangers that Gonzales felt some discomfort after throwing 5 2/3 innings last Sunday at home against Pittsburgh. The left-hander still wasn’t feeling right when throwing his bullpen session earlier this week.

“Wanted to get it checked out,” Servais said, adding that he wouldn’t elaborate further until the team gets reports back from the doctors.

Woo is 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA with 32 strikeouts and eight walks over 27 innings in five starts for Double-A Arkansas. The 23-year-old right-hander was a sixth-round draft pick by the Mariners out of Cal Poly in 2021.

Per, Woo is the No. 6 prospect in Seattle’s farm system.

Seattle has won six of the last seven games started by Gonzales (4-1, 5.22 ERA in 10 starts overall).

Gonzales allowed one run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings against Pittsburgh, after giving up two runs over six innings against Oakland his previous start. Those followed his shortest outing of the season, when Boston scored eight runs over 1 2/3 innings against him.

Seattle also selected infielder Mike Ford from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday, and he was in the starting lineup as the designated hitter. The 30-year-old Ford gets $850,000 salary while in the majors and $200,000 while in the minors.

Ford was hitting .302 with 12 home runs and 56 RBIs in 49 games for Tacoma. He played 16 games with the Mariners last season, when he also appeared in games for San Francisco, Atlanta and the Los Angeles Angels.

Seattle Sports staff contributed to this post.

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