SEATTLE -- While the Mariners' bullpen has been very solid through the team's hot stretch over the last six weeks, more reinforcements are on the way as right-handed setup men Juan Nicasio and Nick Vincent both took positive steps toward coming off the 10-day disabled list on Saturday.Nicasio threw well
SEATTLE -- While the Mariners' bullpen has been very solid through the team's hot stretch over the last six weeks, more reinforcements are on the way as right-handed setup men Juan Nicasio and Nick Vincent both took positive steps toward coming off the 10-day disabled list on Saturday.
Nicasio threw well in a live batting practice outing against teammates David Freitas and Andrew Romine, then did some fielding drills to show his swollen right knee has healed well over the past nine days. The Mariners expect he'll be ready to come off the DL as early as Tuesday in New York when they open a 10-game road trip.
"I feel really good," Nicasio said. "I didn't feel anything [in my knee]. I'm ready. I'm happy now that it doesn't hurt."
Vincent threw a bullpen session, his first since getting shut down in a similar effort on Monday, and said everything went well with the strained right groin that has sidelined him for nearly three weeks. The 31-year-old will need one or two Minor League rehab outings since he's been out longer than Nicasio, but believes he could rejoin the team late next week as well.
"We're anxious to get those guys back," said manager Scott Servais.
The Mariners acquired former Rays closer Alex Colome to work as an eighth-inning setup man to closer Edwin Diaz, but Nicasio and Vincent will provide further depth and late-inning options when they return.
• Reliever Mike Morin cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. The veteran right-hander was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Wednesday, but now remains in the organization.
• Outfielder Eric Filia, who was returned to the Mariners on Friday after failing a physical with the Red Sox for a medical condition, will be re-assigned to Double-A Arkansas later this month. Filia was sent to Boston as the player to be named in an April 23 trade for Roenis Elias, but the Mariners now will send cash to finalize that deal instead.
Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.