When injuries wrecked the Mariners’ rotation depth Chris Young stepped in and went 12-6 with a 3.07 ERA through his first 24 starts. However, the 35-year-old journeyman has struggled in his last five outings, going 0-3 with an 8.35 ERA, and now the Mariners have decided to skip his final scheduled turn in the rotation.
Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon told Greg Johns of MLB.com that Young “is probably out of gas” after logging 165 innings for his biggest workload since 2007.
McClendon didn’t rule out turning back to Young at some point if needed–and to his credit, Young took the demotion in stride–but clearly the Mariners would like to avoiding relying on him again if possible. For now he’ll be available out of the bullpen.