Cory Rasmus to have surgery for core injury, out 6-8 weeks

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The Angels suddenly have a vacancy in their bullpen, as Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that right-hander Cory Rasmus needs surgery for a core injury and will miss 6-8 weeks.

Rasmus, 27, had a 2.57 ERA and 57/17 K/BB ratio across 56 innings last season. He spent most of the year in the bullpen, but made a handful of abbreviated starts down the stretch while the Angels were dealing with injuries in their rotation.

With Rasmus out of the mix until sometime in May, Gonzalez pegs Vinnie Pestano and non-roster invitee Matt Lindstrom as strong candidates for the final two bullpen spots.

Mariners lose on walk-off wild pitch

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2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.

Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.

Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.