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Simmons progressing, but will sit for few days

Mariners right-hander shut down from throwing with forearm strain
March 13, 2017

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Shae Simmons will be shut down from throwing for at least a few days as he waits for a strained muscle in his right forearm to quiet down, but Mariners manager Scott Servais said Monday that an MRI exam revealed positive results after the hard-throwing right-hander was

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Shae Simmons will be shut down from throwing for at least a few days as he waits for a strained muscle in his right forearm to quiet down, but Mariners manager Scott Servais said Monday that an MRI exam revealed positive results after the hard-throwing right-hander was pulled from Saturday's game after recording just one out in the seventh inning..
Servais didn't want to give a time frame on how long Simmons might be sidelined, but he was clearly pleased with the news on the 26-year-old who had missed all of 2015 and part of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery while with the Braves.
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"We'll let it calm down and go from there," Servais said. "But it's nothing related to the ligament or anything like that, from what I understand. So it's good for him. He'll sleep a little easier. And that's pretty much what the doctors figured. We're just going to be very cautious with him."
More relief in sight
Seattle's two other rehabbing relievers, Tony Zych and Steve Cishek, are "progressing nicely" in their throwing programs, according to Servais.
Zych, who had biceps surgery in October, could face hitters in a live situation for the first time later this week, which would put him on course to compete in games prior to the end of camp if things stay on schedule.
Cishek is further behind after having microfracture hip surgery in October, but he's been playing catch on back-to-back days and is probably 10-14 days away from throwing off the mound in a bullpen session.
Cishek will open the year on the disabled list, but Servais acknowledged that was no surprise.
"I think coming into this camp, no secrets here, we projected that he might start the season a little late," he said. "So we're still on that schedule."

Haniger continues to shine
Servais had high praise again for outfielder Mitch Haniger, who has had an outstanding camp after being acquired from the D-backs as part of the Taijuan Walker-Jean Segura trade. Haniger is expected to start in right field and has done nothing to change that thinking.
"His approach and how he goes about his business, he's as prepared as any young player I've seen in a long time," Servais said. "He's very disciplined, when he goes to the cage, how he takes his batting practice, what he does in his pregame. It's paying off.
"And he's not just a hard worker who does things the right way. He's got talent. He's been a really bright spot this spring. We figured he's a good player, that's why we traded for him. And he's been as advertised."

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