Left-handed starter Danny Hultzen has been shut down in Tacoma for 10 days to let his shoulder rest.
The timeline for Hultzen to be on the shelf began Monday. Here’s what general manager Jack Zduriencik had to say about Hultzen:
“He’ll start a throwing program. What we’re going to do — we talked about it, I talked to the trainers, the coaches and the pitching coaches — we’re going to do some adjustments to his routines. We’re going to look at a little bit of his mechanics. You never want to overhaul anybody, I think that’s dangerous with pitchers. You do want to look at some of the programs that he’s doing and try to make some alterations with it. We’re prepared to do whatever it takes.
“I think this is a process where you do one thing, see where that leads you. Then take step two, step three. We’re hopeful that when he starts throwing, we’re going to see positive results. What I’ve heard is the last couple days he’s felt good.
“We’re trying to figure out exactly what causes this issue he has. It’s the funny thing about pitching. Pitchers have the tendency to get hurt at times. From what we’ve been told, this isn’t anything to be overly, overly alarmed about, but it’s something you certainly have to address. We’ve had a lot of different issues with him. Right now, I couldn’t tell you exactly what they are because he’s not going to throw for 10 days. His strength and conditioning program, his exercise program, how he throws in between starts … those types of things, we’re going to look at all of that.”