The Mariners will activate starter Hisashi Iwakuma from the 15-day disabled list on Monday and have optioned outfielder James Jones to Triple-A Tacoma to create roster space, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Iwakuma has been sidelined since April 21 due to a strained lat. The 34-year-old right-hander had compiled a 6.61 ERA with an 11/3 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings prior to the injury.
Iwakuma may be auditioning for prospective teams as he can become a free agent at the end of the season. He’s served as a quality starter for the Mariners between 2012-14, with a 3.07 ERA over 524 innings.
On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.
Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.
The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.
Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).