Mariners shutting down pitcher Danny Hultzen
Hultzen hasn’t pitched since a June 27 outing for Class AAA Tacoma.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Mariners pitching prospect Danny Hultzen has been shut down for 10 days and then will have his throwing regimen and mechanics adjusted.
Hultzen hasn’t pitched since a June 27 outing for Class AAA Tacoma. He’d already been sidelined from AAA ball for two months because of a previous shoulder problem and was feeling discomfort in the same area when the Mariners made this latest decision to place him on the disabled list.
“We’re going to do some adjustments to his routines,’’ Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said before Tuesday’s Red Sox-Mariners game at Safeco Field. “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. But I do think you might look at some of the programs he’s doing and try to do some alterations with it. We’re prepared to do whatever it takes and I think some of this is a process where, you do one thing and see where it leads you. And then it takes you to Step 2 and Step 3.
“Hopefully, when he starts throwing, we’re going to see positive results.’’
Taken with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, Hultzen looked like he might make the Mariners’ roster out of spring training before suffering a minor hip injury. With his two shoulder setbacks, he’s made only five AAA starts this year, going 4-1 with a 2.20 earned-run average.
• Onetime Mariners outfielder and first baseman Mike Carp says he’s happy with his new part-time role with the Red Sox. Traded by the Mariners for cash before spring training, Carp is thriving as a replacement outfielder, first baseman, designated hitter and pinch-hitter for first-place Boston.
“I try to go out there every day as if I’m playing,’’ said Carp, who went 1 for 4 with a single off Felix Hernandez on Monday and was hitting .304 with a .362 on-base percentage and .616 slugging mark in 125 at-bats going into Tuesday’s game. “I’ve been an everyday player my whole career, but I know what my role is going to be. I might pinch-hit. It might be a week before I see some at-bats. I try not to throw anything away.
“I’m just going to go out there and though it’s a grind, I’m going to try to do the best I can.’’
But he likes being in first place.
“It’s fun winning ballgames and being able to contribute,’’ he said.
• Justin Smoak had a rare RBI double Monday night while batting from the right side. Smoak is hitting just .210 with an on-base-plus-slugging (OPS) mark of .588 right-handed, compared to .291 with an .883 OPS from the left side.
Before this season, Smoak was a lifetime .235 hitter with a .695 OPS from the right side and just .217 with a .677 OPS batting left-handed.
• A limited edition series of Ken Griffey Jr. commemorative bats, which the slugger will autograph by hand, are being sold for $250 apiece to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital. All proceeds from the 1,000 bats being sold will go to The Ken Griffey Jr. Family Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s.
For information, call 206-987-8209 or go online to https://giveto.seattlechildrens.org/ken-griffey-jr-bat-sales
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