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Mariners notebook: Furbush’s recovery hits what appears to be a minor snag

For now, it appears to be only a minor setback that Seattle Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush is no longer scheduled to test his recovery from biceps tendinitis by pitching a simulated inning this week in Detroit.

It bears watching, though.

“He felt a little bit of a discomfort,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said before Saturday’s game at Yankee Stadium. “So they backed him off from his throwing for a couple of days.”

The adjustment in Furbush’s recovery schedule is believed to be minor. Trainer Rick Griffin said Furbush is making the anticipated progress.

Even so, McClendon termed it “an educated guess” that Furbush won’t return Thursday in Detroit as previously anticipated.

It’s not impossible, though.

McClendon conceded that Furbush, who is not with the club, could still throw his simulated inning at Triple-A Tacoma or Short-A Everett.

Furbush experienced soreness in his biceps the day after his July 7 appearance against Detroit. An examination identified the problem as tendinitis.

“We’ll deal with it and move forward,” he said at the time. “I’m not too concerned.”

Furbush’s injury deprives the Mariners of their top left-handed reliever. He was 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 33 appearances and had stranded all 16 inherited runners.

McClendon acknowledged he would have called on Furbush in the seventh inning Friday in a 3-3 game against the Yankees. Instead, the Mariners turned to Joe Beimel, who yielded a homer to Alex Rodriguez.

That homer lifted the Yankees to a 4-3 victory.

“Yes, that’s (Furbush’s) spot,” McClendon said. “Having said that, Beimel’s still had plenty of success against A-Rod. That was not an issue. I felt very comfortable with him in the game at that spot.

“He just made a mistake.”

SEAGER’S RARITY

Third baseman Kyle Seager hit two homers in Friday’s loss and has six extra-base hits in his last two games at Yankee Stadium … which is unprecedented — in any version of Yankee Stadium.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last visiting player to have six extra-base hits against the Yankees in a two-game span was Detroit outfielder Billy Lush on July 16 and Sept. 26, 1903.

Those games were played at Hilltop Park, which was located in Manhatten’s Washington Heights. The Yankees were then known as the Highlanders.

HAPP SET TO RETURN

Plans call for left-hander J.A. Happ to be recalled from Hi-A Bakersfield after Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees.

McClendon has already identified Happ as the projected starter for Monday’s series opener against the Tigers in Detroit.

The Mariners are expected to clear space for Happ by trimming a nonpitcher from their 25-man roster. The likeliest move would be to option first baseman/designated hitter Jesus Montero to Tacoma.

Happ was 4-5 with a 4.14 ERA in 17 starts before he was optioned July 9 to Bakersfield. The move came one day after his last start and required his approval because of service-time issues.

The move, effectively, was a paper transaction because Happ was not scheduled to pitch again until after the All-Star break. The brief stay in the minors does not affect his salary or service time.

LOOKING BACK

It was 21 years ago — July 19, 1994 — that four tiles fell from the Kingdome ceiling and forced the postponement of a game against Baltimore.

The Mariners played their next 20 games on the road and, because of the season-ending players’ strike, never played another game that season at the Kingdome.

SHORT HOPS

The Mariners on Saturday broke a seven-game losing streak to the Yankees. … Before the game, the Yankees recalled right-hander Branden Pinder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They cleared roster space by optioning right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the same club. … The Mariners have played 33 one-run games (18-15) and 19 two-run games (6-13).

ON TAP

The Mariners and Yankees conclude their three-game series Sunday at 10:08 a.m. Pacific time at Yankee Stadium.

Right-hander Felix Hernandez (11-5, 2.84) will face New York lefty CC Sabathia (4-8, 5.47). The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest and heard on 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM.

The Mariners then head to Detroit for a four-game series before returning Friday to Safeco Field to open a six-game homestand against Toronto and Arizona.

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