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Charlie Furbush has a slight rotator cuff tear, likely ending his 2015 season


Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush has a slight tear in his rotator cuff, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. The lefty is expected to miss the rest of the 2015 season.

Furbush, 29, put up great numbers in the Mariners’ bullpen when he was healthy, posting a 2.09 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings. He went on the disabled list on July 8, initially diagnosed with biceps tendinitis. Furbush was close to returning to the Mariners but felt renewed soreness, prompting another MRI.

The Mariners have Furbush under team control through the 2017 season. He’ll head into his second year of arbitration eligibility after earning $1.3 million in 2015.

Settling the Score: Friday’s results

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 26: Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker #32 of the Seattle Mariners reacts as he returns to the dugout after getting the final out of the seventh inning to complete his appearance on his way to the win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 26, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Taijuan Walker’s promising spring training didn’t translate to the early part of the regular season, but he’s starting to look like the pitcher the Mariners have been waiting on.

Walker tossed seven innings of one-run ball last night as part of a 7-1 win over the Angels. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up a solo homer to Mike Trout in the first inning, but that ended up being the only damage against him all night. He scattered seven hits while walking none and striking out six. Charlie Furbush and Carson Smith combined for a scoreless eighth inning before Fernando Rodney got his first save in nearly a month.

As for the offense, Brad Miller and Nelson Cruz each had RBI doubles while Robinson Cano hit a solo home run. Could Cano finally be heating up? He has two homers over his last four games after hitting just two of his first 67 games combined.

Walker struggled to the tune of a 7.33 ERA and 39/23 K/BB ratio in 43 innings over his first nine starts this season, but he has made massive strides of late, especially with his control. He has 1.91 ERA over his last six starts to go with 44 strikeouts and just three walks in 42 1/3 innings. That’ll work.

Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:

Indians 3, Orioles 4

Nationals 5, Phillies 2

Rangers 2, Blue Jays 12

Braves 2, Pirates 3 (10 innings)

White Sox 4, Tigers 5

Reds 1, Mets 2

Red Sox 4, Rays 3 (10 innings)

Dodgers 7, Marlins 1

Cubs 2, Cardinals 3 (10 innings)

Yankees 3, Astros 2

Twins 4, Brewers 10

Mariners 3, Angels 1

Diamondbacks 2, Padres 4

Mariners 3, Angels 1

Rockies 8, Giants 6

Royals 5, Athletics 2

Report: Mariners turned down Red Sox’s trade offer for Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr

As a 25-year-old former top prospect who has struggled in the majors what is Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.’s value at this point?

Well, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston the Red Sox offered Bradley to the Mariners for left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush during spring training and Seattle turned it down.

Since then Bradley has been playing at Triple-A, hitting .343 in 24 games, and now he’s back in Boston for another call-up. Furbush has a 1.80 ERA for the Mariners, but he’s thrown just 10 innings in a left-handed specialist role and his 7/3 K/BB ratio is nothing special.

Mostly, though, the idea that the Red Sox tried to trade a 25-year-old outfielder two seasons removed from being a top prospect for a 29-year-old southpaw specialist is what caught my attention here. Boston wanting to part ways with an outfielder makes sense given the organizational logjam and while they may not have seen the outfield as a big weakness during spring training the Mariners’ current outfield situation sure isn’t pretty. They probably could have used Bradley a lot more than 10 innings of Furbush.

2015 Preview: Seattle Mariners

Felix Hernandez

Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2015 season. Next up: The Seattle Mariners.

The Big Question: Did they add enough offense?

The Mariners surprised in 2014, but man, if they just got a lick of offense, they could’ve surprised a lot more. Their 87 wins and near-wild card birth was achieved almost totally on the back of their pitching staff. Overall, the M’s had the best staff in all of baseball, allowing only 3.42 runs a game. The offense, however, was forgettable at best. Seattle scored 3.91 runs a game, which was third to last in the American League.

Robinson Cano is back, of course. As is third baseman Kyle Seager, who was the only other regular besides Cano to post an OPS+ above 100 in full-time play. Other positive offensive contributors in 2014 included Michael Saunders, who only played have the season and who is now gone, and Logan Morrison who played in 99 games. To improve upon 2014’s performance, the M’s needed more offense. So they went out and tried to get some.

The biggest addition was Nelson Cruz, who hit 40 homers and slugged .525 for Baltimore last year. Also added was Seth Smith, who hit .266/.367/.440 for San Diego in 2014. Given that Austin Jackson only played in 54 games last year you can think of him as an addition too. Rickie Weeks was acquired as well, though he’ll be riding pine and hitting against lefties mostly.

I sort of don’t think that’s enough. Taking Cruz out of Camden Yards and putting him in Safeco Field is going to cause him to take a step back a bit, and that’s before you acknowledge that he likely overachieved a bit last season in the first place. Seth Smith is not a cure-all, and full seasons of Morrison and Jackson could, based on their track records, mean full seasons of anything from good production to less-than-mediocrity. For the M’s to take that next step, they’re probably going to need more than this. They’ll need better production from Dustin Ackley, Brad Miller and Mike Zunino or they’ll need to add a bat at some point during the season.

None of which is to say the Mariners are in trouble. Heck, with their pitching staff (discussed more below) they’re almost instant contenders. But they were a flawed team last season which, while likely better on offense as 2015 begins, may not be quite good enough.

What else is going on?

  • The pitching is, of course, ridiculously good. Felix Hernandez needs no introduction. Hisashi Iwakuma has been one of the best kept secrets in baseball over the past three years. His late-season falloff last year is a bit worrisome, but given how James Paxton came on late in the season, the M’s may not need him to be a number two starter like he was before. Paxton has an injury history, of course, but he has gobs of talent. But wait, there’s more! Taijuan Walker has dodged injury and perpetual trade rumors to, presumably, earn a slot in the rotation following a spring in which he has tossed 18 scoreless innings with a 19/4 K/BB ratio. J.A. Happ at the back of your rotation is way better than J.A. Happ at the front of your rotation, and pitching in Safeco should help him. Roenis Elias is hanging around when someone needs a break, gets injured or forgets how to pitch. An extremely solid crew.
  • The bullpen was every bit as strong as their rotation last season, with Fernando Rodney, Danny Farquhar, Tom Wilhelmsen, Yoervis Medina and Charlie Furbush all pitching well and all returning. Rodney is occasionally heart-attack inducing, but if he implodes, Farquhar can handle the job. Expect a bit of a step back for this crew, as all bullpen performances fluctuate from season to season, but it’s a strong unit.
  • Adding Rickie Weeks was fun. Because he’s a second baseman and the Mariners, you may have noticed, have a pretty OK second baseman. That makes Weeks a super-utility guy, who will probably get looks in the outfield. Which is hilarious given that one of the reasons he was on the outs in Milwaukee was because he basically refused to play in the outfield when they asked him to. One presumes that Weeks was aware of Mr. Cano’s presence before signing his deal with the M’s, so one presumes that he’s on board with the move to the outfield now. Should be fun, though. He’s only ever played 2B and DH.
  • Another smallish addition: Justin Ruggiano, who could platoon with Seth Smith and/or Dustin Ackley. Or maybe Weeks can platoon. A lot of flexibility here, it seems, and if Lloyd McClendon feels comfortable with doing some plate-spinning with this lineup, he may be able to squeeze a bit more production out of it even without another big name addition.

Prediction: It’s hard not to like this club’s chances to to compete for a playoff spot. I think they still have enough questions on offense to where the Angels get the nod, but I think the Mariners are contenders. Second place, American League West.

Mariners showing interest in reunion with Joe Saunders

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According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, the Mariners are showing interest in a reunion with veteran left-hander Joe Saunders.

Don’t freak out too much, Mariners fans. They are only looking at Saunders “as a bullpen possibility if he is willing to accept a minor-league contract.”

Saunders previously pitched for the Seattle in 2013 and posted an ugly 5.26 ERA and 107/61 K/BB ratio across 183 innings. We didn’t hear much from him last year, as he spent a large chunk of time in the minors and had a 6.70 ERA across eight starts and six relief appearances between the Orioles and Rangers. The Mariners hope to carry a second left-hander in their bullpen behind Charlie Furbush, so Saunders would be another name to throw in the mix.