The Mariners have not had a lot of luck keeping players healthy so far. To compound their medical woes, they placed RHP Stephen Pryor on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a tear in his right latissimus dorsi (chest) muscle and will have to make a roster move prior to Tuesday’s opener of a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field.
Pryor exited Sunday’s game, a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers, with two outs in the eighth inning with discomfort in his chest. Pryor had thrown 1.1 innings and did not allow a run, registering two strikeouts and a walk.
On Monday, Pryor underwent further tests, after which Mariners Dr. Edward Khalfayan discovered the tear.
Pryor, 23, has appeared in seven of Seattle’s first 14 games and has not allowed an earned run in his 7.1 innings. He fanned seven, walked one and allowed just three hits.
The Mariners, who had their first day off Monday following 14 consecutive games to start the season, begin a stretch of 16 games in 16 days Tuesday. Following the Detroit series, the Mariners play at Texas and Houston before returning to Safeco Field April 25 for a series with the Los Angeles Angels.
While Pryor is heading to the DL, the Mariners expect injured outfielders Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Morse to return for the Detroit series. Gutierrez has been bothered by a groin and Morse by a broken finger.