Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik announced that hard-throwing reliever Stephen Pryor is being shut down for the season with an injury to his triceps muscle.
Pryor, who has been on some form of the disabled list since April 15 with a torn lat muscle, was rehabbing the injury with Triple A Tacoma when he felt pain in the triceps of his throwing arm while warming up on Friday. They scratched him from his outing. He had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on the arm on Saturday and Mariners team doctor Edward Khalfayan and the training staff reviewed the results.
“They didn’t like what they saw,” Zduriencik said. “He’ll be reevaluated and we’ll look through this thing further because it’s really unusual. Rather than go into any more detail, Ed is going to talk to a couple different people about the injury he just had. He’s worked really hard, but it is where it is and he won’t pitch the rest of the year.”
Zduriencik wouldn’t say if there was a tear in the triceps or what the recovery aspect will be. They are waiting for more details.
“There is something there and they need to look a little further into it,” Zduriencik said. “Ed wants to talk to a couple people that are really good at this. Ed is good himself, but just talk to people that have been through similar type of injuries to this. Details to follow.”
Mariners manager Eric Wedge won’t return to work next week as he recovers from a minor stroke. Zduriencik said last week that Wedge hoped to be back for Monday’s game at Safeco Field against the Toronto Blue Jays. But they have decided to give him another week to recover.
“I don’t think Eric will be with us this week,” Zduriencik said. “I know he has a couple appointments ongoing. He’s got something midweek where he’s going to sit down with doctors. He’s doing well. I talk to him every day and he sounds normal and he’s excited to get back here. He wants to get back. But the one thing you don’t want to have happen is, when Eric gets back you want him to be back. His anxiousness to get back here in the dugout is one thing, but this is a life-long health issue for him.”
Zduriencik doesn’t want Wedge to come back too soon and then have health issues arise.
“When he gets back managing this club, we want him to be here,” he said. “You don’t want him to come in here and be here for two or three days. The stress of a ballgame, the length of time a manager has to put in and the way he is – he comes early and leaves late – from our standpoint, they just need to sign off and say you’re 100 percent ready to go so we don’t have a bump in the road where he’s out here 3-4 days and then has to take a step back. That’s not fair to Eric or fair to the ballclub. I think we’ll just wait and give it a little more time. I’ll know more in the middle of the week and Eric will as well. I’m anxious to get together with him as soon as I get back home and talk to him and see how he feels and we’ll address it at that time. But when he comes back, we want him to come back full-time and complete.”
As for Dustin Ackley, who was out of the line-up for the third straight day, Zduriencik said it’s a product of Michael Saunders and Michael Morse playing well.
But at what point does Ackley’s inactivity hurt his conversion to an outfielder and would the Mariners send him to Triple A Tacoma?
“It’s an ongoing discussion,” Zduriencik said. “The positive is it’s good to see what Michael Morse and Saunders are doing. That’s the positive. And we know what Raul has done for us certainly in the first half. So what you do is go day to day and see what happens. When a player has an option, those are things you have to consider and think about. But right now we’ll just let it play out. Sometimes offensively you play the hot hand. When a guy is going good, you let him play. If Dustin gets in the lineup and he’s playing well, then maybe you go to Dustin. But we’ll talk about this and evaluate it. Robby and I will spend some time on the plane on the way home and tomorrow discussing our options. But right now, these guys are playing good, at least offensively, so you let them play.”