Mariners RHP Bryan Woo to start Friday in return from injured list

May 9, 2024, 1:32 PM | Updated: 1:56 pm

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Bryan Woo of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Angels in 2023. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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Seattle Mariners right-hander Bryan Woo will return from the injured list to start Friday night’s series opener against the Oakland Athletics, manager Scott Servais announced after Thursday’s game.

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Woo was set to open the season as the No. 5 starter in Seattle’s rotation, but began the year on the 15-day injured list with elbow inflammation. Right-hander Emerson Hancock filled in and made seven starts in Woo’s place before he was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.

The 24-year-old Woo made three rehab starts with Tacoma and was dominant. He pitched 11 1/3 scoreless innings and totaled 17 strikeouts, while allowing no walks and just five hits. In spring training, he made three starts before landing on the injured list.

Woo, a sixth-round draft pick in 2021, quickly rose through Seattle’s farm system and made his major league debut last year on June 3. He posted a 4.21 ERA in 18 MLB starts last season, with 93 strikeouts and 31 walks in 87 2/3 innings.

Hancock, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 draft, made his major debut on Aug. 6 of last year and made three starts before being sidelined for the rest of the season with a shoulder strain. He posted a 5.24 ERA in 34 1/3 innings this season, with 23 strikeouts and 11 walks.

According to Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times, the Mariners will start right-hander Bryce Miller on Saturday and right-hander Luis Castillo on Sunday.

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