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Guilbeau becomes 40th Mariners pitcher in '19

Brennan returns to IL with right shoulder inflammation
@gregjohnsmlb
August 15, 2019

DETROIT -- It was another day, another newcomer on Thursday for the Mariners as left-handed reliever Taylor Guilbeau was called up from Triple-A Tacoma for the afternoon series finale against the Tigers, with Seattle continuing its record-setting pace for players used in a season. Guilbeau replaced right-hander Brandon Brennan, who

Bishop (spleen) to begin rehab assignment

@gregjohnsmlb
August 11, 2019

SEATTLE -- If Braden Bishop hadn’t gotten plunked in the ribs by a 96-mph fastball, had he not had to deal with internal bleeding from a lacerated spleen and being taken out of his third Major League start not knowing exactly what was happening inside his body, these past 10

Outfield prospect Kelenic promoted to Double-A

@gregjohnsmlb
August 10, 2019

SEATTLE -- The Mariners didn’t come into this season thinking Jarred Kelenic would fly up the ranks of their Minor League system so quickly. Turns out the dynamic 20-year-old center fielder had plans of his own. Seattle promoted its No. 1-ranked prospect to Double-A Arkansas on Saturday, a move that

GM Dipoto is confident rebuild will yield success

@gregjohnsmlb
August 1, 2019

HOUSTON -- After dealing Mike Leake, Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland at Wednesday’s Trade Deadline, the Mariners have just 10 players remaining on their current active roster who were on the 28-man roster that opened the season in Tokyo. They’re left with a starting rotation consisting of four left-handers, a

Lopes' wild night, Beckham's slam lift Seattle

Infielder scores 2 runs, swipes bag, gets hit by pitch in 1st MLB start
@gregjohnsmlb
July 26, 2019

SEATTLE -- Tim Lopes waited seven years to get to the Major Leagues, then wound up lasting just six innings in his first start for the Mariners after getting hit in the head by a 91 mph fastball earlier in the contest. But the 25-year-old provided a nice spark in

Swanson, Negron up; Mariners DFA Williamson

@gregjohnsmlb
July 16, 2019

OAKLAND – Rookie right-hander Erik Swanson and utility man Kristopher Negrón were promoted by the Mariners from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, while outfielder Mac Williamson was designated for assignment as the club’s roster churn continued. Swanson fills a bullpen spot that opened on Monday when rookie relievers Parker Markel and

Mariners sign 12 international prospects

Outfielder Feliz drawing comparisons to Nats' Robles
@JesseSanchezMLB and @gregjohnsmlb
July 2, 2019

SEATTLE -- The Mariners came to agreements with 12 players from Latin America on Tuesday on the first day of the new international signing period, including seven from the Dominican Republic, four from Venezuela and one from Brazil. • International prospect signings While none of the players are listed in

Mariners land 3 prospects in Futures Game

Kelenic, Dunn, White named to AL roster for July 7 showcase
@gregjohnsmlb
June 28, 2019

HOUSTON -- While Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz have had some first-half struggles with the Mets, two of the youngsters acquired by the Mariners in that blockbuster deal last December were named Friday to the 2019 SiriusXM Futures All-Star Game. Outfielder Jarred Kelenic and right-hander Justin Dunn are two of

Haniger could be out until after ASG break

@gregjohnsmlb
June 20, 2019

SEATTLE -- Mitch Haniger has missed two weeks with a ruptured testicle and the Mariners outfielder could remain sidelined until after the All-Star break next month. The 28-year-old has started doing some light work in the weight room, but manager Scott Servais said Thursday that Haniger hasn’t yet been cleared

Here are future All-Stars from the AL West

@alysonfooter
June 20, 2019

We're pretty close to finding out who this year's All-Stars will be, and while there may be some surprise elections and selections revealed, it's not that difficult to figure out which worthy candidates are most likely to hear their names called. But what about next year's All-Stars? Predicting that may

Mariners sign 1st- and 2nd-round Draft picks

@gregjohnsmlb
June 13, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- George Kirby and Brandon Williamson, the Mariners’ top two selections in last week’s 2019 MLB Draft, officially signed contracts on Thursday as Seattle continued adding promising pitching prospects to an improving farm system. Kirby, a right-hander out of Elon University, agreed to a $3,242,900 signing bonus according to

Shed savors 1st HR with workout partner Dee

Vogelbach tallies four hits; Milone shines in Mariners' win
@gregjohnsmlb
June 13, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- As Mariners manager Scott Servais explained second baseman Shed Long's expanding role and first start in left field prior to Wednesday’s game with the Twins, he noted it would be “another tool for the Shed.” Then the 23-year-old rookie went out and showed what his skipper was talking

Mariners closing in on signing top pick Kirby

First-rounder agrees to terms; Rodriguez returns to action
@gregjohnsmlb
June 10, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- While first-round pick George Kirby still hasn’t officially signed with the Mariners, the club announced Monday that 21 of its 41 selections from last week’s MLB Draft are now under contract. Kirby, the 20th overall selection, has agreed to terms and is expected to finalize his deal in

Bishop (spleen) heads to IL; Bautista activated

@gregjohnsmlb
June 5, 2019

SEATTLE – Mariners rookie center fielder Braden Bishop was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday afternoon after tests revealed a lacerated spleen, which is why he’d been forced to come out of Tuesday night’s 11-5 loss to the Astros in the fourth inning after feeling intense pain in

Mariners build 'foundation of pitching' in Draft

@gregjohnsmlb
June 5, 2019

SEATTLE – After bolstering their farm system with some promising position players over the past two years, the Mariners went heavy on pitching in this week's 2019 MLB Draft, using 15 of their first 20 picks to add arms to the group of young talent the franchise is counting on

Mariners select college arms on Day 1 of Draft

Elon University pitcher known for control
@gregjohnsmlb
June 3, 2019

SEATTLE – For an organization that puts a premium on “controlling the zone” and having pitchers who throw strikes, it’s not hard to see why the Mariners targeted right-hander George Kirby out of Elon University in North Carolina with their top pick in Monday’s MLB Draft. The 21-year-old racked up

Mariners look to replenish farm through Draft

Seattle has 4 of top 100 picks; latest mock says RHP Kirby at No. 20
@gregjohnsmlb
June 3, 2019

SEATTLE -- As the Mariners look to restock their farm system, the 2019 MLB Draft looms large. And it certainly helps that Seattle will have four of the first 97 selections when Major League teams divvy up the top available amateur players in the country. The 2019 Draft will take

Sheffield isn't filling Mariners' open rotation spot

@gregjohnsmlb
May 18, 2019

SEATTLE -- While the Mariners still haven’t announced a starter for Tuesday’s game in Texas since sending rookie right-hander Erik Swanson back to Triple-A Tacoma, manager Scott Servais said Saturday the replacement will not be top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield. Seattle’s No. 1 ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline threw 5

Long’s whirlwind 3 days to Major League debut

Prospect's life upended after surprise callup; 'It's real now'
@jessicacamerato
May 11, 2019

BOSTON -- It was around 10:20 p.m. PT Thursday when Shed Long received the news he had been waiting long to hear -- he was going to the Majors … the next morning. The moment the 23-year-old had been waiting for finally was within reach. Before Long had to fly

Mariners call up Crawford, Long; Moore to IL

@jessicacamerato and @mattkellyMLB
May 11, 2019

BOSTON -- It was only a matter of seconds before J.P. Crawford and Shed Long were greeted by excited teammates when they walked into the visitor’s clubhouse Friday afternoon at Fenway Park. After a whirlwind day of travel that took them from Tacoma, Wash., in the morning across the country

Bishop on 1st hit: 'Something you dream about'

Mariners' outfield prospect keeps hitting 'book' to track his approach
@gregjohnsmlb
May 6, 2019

NEW YORK -- Despite sitting 0-for-8 in his Major League career when he strode to the plate in the fourth inning Sunday in Cleveland, it was not like Braden Bishop had gone hitless for years. But the 25-year-old center fielder had spent years getting to this point in his career,

Bruce slams way to tie for AL home run lead

Slugger blasts 11th homer of season; Bishop records first MLB hit, RBIs
May 5, 2019

CLEVELAND -- Mariners left fielder Jay Bruce continues to terrorize pitchers at Progressive Field.

Swanson shines in first Major League win

Ohio native rookie stifles Indians, allows just one hit in six scoreless innings
May 5, 2019

CLEVELAND -- Mariners rookie Erik Swanson will never forget his first MLB win, both for what happened on the field and in the clubhouse. The right-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning Sunday, then was given a beer and condiment bath by his teammates following Seattle’s 10-0 victory over

Mariners option Mallex Smith, recall Bishop

@gregjohnsmlb
April 30, 2019

SEATTLE -- Outfielder Braden Bishop, the Mariners’ No. 11-ranked prospect per MLB Pipeline, was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday in time for the series opener against the Cubs, with the club optioning starting center fielder Mallex Smith to Tacoma after a rough April. Bishop made his Major League debut

Mariners add Wright, send Sheffield to Triple-A

@gregjohnsmlb
April 27, 2019

SEATTLE -- Mike Wright may be in the right spot at the right time as the right-hander joined the Mariners on Saturday after the team used eight pitchers to get through Friday’s 5-4, 11-inning victory over the Rangers. Wright, acquired from the Orioles in a trade Wednesday, reported to the