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.
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
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.