BALTIMORE — The Seattle Mariners’ hope for bullpen reinforcement took a serious hit on Sunday.
General manager Jack Zduriencik announced that hard-throwing reliever Stephen Pryor was being shut down for the remainder of the season with an injury to his right triceps.
Pryor, who has been on some form of the disabled list since April 15 with a torn side muscle, was rehabbing the injury with Triple-A Tacoma when he felt pain in the triceps of his throwing arm while warming up on Friday. The Rainiers scratched him from his outing and he had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on the arm on Saturday. Mariners team doctor Edward Khalfayan and the team training staff reviewed the results.
“They didn’t like what they saw,” Zduriencik said. “He’ll be re-evaluated and we’ll look through this thing further because it’s really unusual. Rather than go into any more detail, Ed is going to talk to a couple different people about the injury he just had. He’s worked really hard, but it is where it is and he won’t pitch the rest of the year.”
Zduriencik wouldn’t say if there was a tear in the triceps or what the recovery plans will be. He is waiting for more details.
“There is something there and they need to look a little further into it,” Zduriencik said. “Ed wants to talk to a couple people that are really good at this. Ed is good himself, but just talk to people that have been through similar type of injuries to this. Details to follow.”
Pryor was on the Mariners’ opening day roster and made seven appearances, pitching 7 innings, allowing no runs.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge likely won’t be back managing the team during the upcoming homestand while he continues to recover from a minor stroke. Zduriencik said last week that Wedge hoped to be back for Monday’s game at Safeco Field against the Toronto Blue Jays.
But the Mariners have decided to give him another week to recover.
“I don’t think Eric will be with us this week,” Zduriencik said. “I know he has a couple appointments ongoing. He’s got something midweek where he’s going to sit down with doctors. He’s doing well. I talk to him every day and he sounds normal and he’s excited to get back here. He wants to get back.
“His anxiousness to get back here in the dugout is one thing, but this is a life-long health issue for him.”
Zduriencik doesn’t want Wedge to come back too soon and then have health issues arise and have to miss more time.
“When he gets back managing this club, we want him to be here,” Zduriencik said. “The stress of a ballgame, the length of time a manager has to put in and the way he is – he comes early and leaves late – from our standpoint, they just need to sign off and say you’re 100 percent ready to go so we don’t have a bump in the road where he’s out here 3-4 days and then has to take a step back. That’s not fair to Eric or fair to the ballclub.”
Zduriencik hopes Wedge’s appointments with doctors this week will lead to a better idea of his return.
“I’ll know more in the middle of the week and Eric will, as well,” he said. “I’m anxious to get together with him as soon as I get back home and talk to him and see how he feels and we’ll address it at that time. But when he comes back, we want him to come back full-time and complete.”
The Mariners’ six-game, seven-day stay at home starts with a 7:10 p.m. game Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (10-4, 2.76 ERA) is scheduled to start for Seattle, while the Blue Jays will counter with right-hander R.A. Dickey (8-11, 4.66 ERA), a former Mariner. The game will be broadcast on Root Sports.email@example.com 253-597-8483 blog.thenewstribune.com/mariners @RyanDivish