Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
April 2, 2008 3:19 PM
Posted by Larry Stone
Just got a press release from the Mariners informing us that J.J. Putz has been placed on the disabled list with a rib injury. Turns out that he felt discomfort last night on a pitch to Michael Young in the ninth inning. Putz actually struck out Young, but then gave up a two-run homer to Josh Hamilton.
When Putz was still sore after the game, the Mariners ordered a precautionary MRI exam for today, which revealed that he has something called mild costochondritis on his right side. That is described as inflammation where cartilage attaches to a rib. Right-hander Roy Corcoran was called up from Tacoma to take Putz's spot on the roster.
Yikes. This is a huge blow for the Mariners, obviously. It will be manageable if Putz is just out short term, but if the injury lingers for any length, they are losing one of their major strengths.
There will be a press conference shortly to get more details. It will be interesting to see who will be named the fill-in closer. Could be George Sherrill, could be Rafael Soriano. Oh, wait. Never mind. My guess is Mark Lowe, because he is a power pitcher, but they could also go with the famous "closer by committee" setup, and hope that Putz is just out for 15 days.
We'll find out shortly. For now, you all have permission to worry.