Notes: Newsome to IL; rotation shuffle for LA

May 9th, 2021

is the latest Mariners pitcher to hit the 10-day injured list, joining and . The right-hander was placed on the IL with right elbow inflammation on Sunday, one day after exiting his outing against the Rangers.

Newsome made just 27 pitches to six hitters and departed amid visible discomfort. He followed opener Erik Swanson, but because Newsome didn’t last long, the Mariners had to lean on seven pitchers in a 9-8 loss. Newsome will undergo an MRI on Monday in Los Angeles to gauge his next steps.

Newsome was the second replacement for James Paxton, who suffered a season-ending left forearm injury in his first start on April 6. The first was Margevicius, who is still recovering from a left shoulder issue that has kept him sidelined the past two weeks. And No. 1 starter Gonzales remains shelved with a left forearm strain, though he could begin throwing off a mound this week.

Reliever JT Chargois was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move. He represents a fresh arm in a bullpen that has been leaned on greatly over the past week. When he appears in a game, it will be his first with the Mariners since signing a Minor League contract in February.

Chargois, 30, was a second-round Draft pick by the Twins in 2012 and he last pitched for the Dodgers in '19. Over parts of three big league seasons, he is 4-5 with a 4.58 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings over 76 2/3 frames. Given the state of Seattle’s pitching staff, it wasn’t a matter of if, but when, he would join the club.

The Mariners' bullpen has been one of the best in the American League -- and it will be called upon even more with the injuries to the starting staff. Seattle has turned to its 'pen for 126 1/3 innings this season, tied for the ninth most in MLB.

“I think we're doing great,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “I think, just checking our numbers a couple days ago, we’re pretty much right in the middle of the pack in the American League and how much we used our bullpen. We're one of the best teams in the league as far as giving our guys rest. We haven't thrown guys on back-to-back days too often. That is going to pick up. It's part of what you have to do in the big leagues.”

Rotation shuffle for Dodgers series
The Mariners will flip the rotation spots of Justin Dunn and Yusei Kikuchi when they face the Dodgers in Los Angeles beginning Tuesday after an off-day. Kikuchi will take the mound in Tuesday's series opener, followed by Dunn on Wednesday.

That will allow Kikuchi, who has gone seven innings in each of his last two starts, the chance to hopefully spell the bullpen. He’ll also be pitching on five days' rest after making his last start on Wednesday opposite John Means in his no-hitter.

Dunn has improved as the season has gone on, but he hasn’t reached six innings yet and is averaging approximately five frames per start.