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Mariners Noon Number: 10

May 14, 2017 GMT

The Seattle Mariners have already used nine starting pitchers this season. Sunday’s starter made 10.

It’s amazing the Mariners are still hovering around the .500 mark considering four-fifths of their projected opening day starting rotation is on the disabled list, with another starter – emergency call-up Ryan Weber – likely to join them after leaving Saturday’s 7-2 loss in the fourth inning with what the team described as a “tight shoulder.”

Weber, 26, seemed to grab at his biceps meeting with trainers on the mound after throwing a 1-1 changeup in that fourth inning. It’s a shame for the young hurler, who was off to a terrific start at AAA-Tacoma this season: 2-0, 0.85 ERA, 0.758 WHIP over six games with five starts.

Now all that seems in jeopardy.

Before Saturday’s game the team confirmed Hisashi Iwakuma’s sore shoulder and 4-6 week timetable. Felix Hernandez and James Paxton still don’t really have a timetable to resume throwing and poor Drew Smyly is a vague spring training memory to M’s fans at this point.

It’s a good thing the M’s are second in the A.L. in runs per game, though you wouldn’t have been able to tell over the past three days in Toronto.

If the Mariners can tread water for a few more weeks until a couple of their starters get back, maybe they can make some noise in the season’s second half. But that’s going to depend on them keeping the .500 mark in their sights while sending out Triple-A level pitching for at least a few more weeks.