BY Adam Lewis 01:15PM 03/03/2014

Mariners Links: Searching for rotation help

With starting pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma (strained finger tendon on throwing hand) and Taijuan Walker (shoulder inflammation) expected to miss at least the first few weeks of the 2014 season, the Mariners face the task of replacing everyone in the rotation behind Felix Hernandez.

Seattle has options young and old, though all come with caveats.

In “Group One” are non-roster invitees Scott Baker, Zach Miner and Randy Wolf, all of whom are fresh off Tommy John surgery.

In “Group Two” are James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez, Brandon Maurer, Blake Beavan and Hector Noesi (try to hold the applause), all of whom have a big league repertoire of pitches but have yet to sustain success.

If healthy, Baker, who went 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA and a respectable 1.26 WHIP in seven seasons with the Twins, has the track record. But he appeared in just three games with the Cubs last September, posting a 3.60 ERA, after Tommy John surgery forced him to miss all of 2012.

  • Wolf started Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Indians but didn’t factor in the decision. However, there were two positives for the Mariners from his Cactus League debut. He threw two innings, yielding one hit, one walk and striking out one. It was also his first MLB appearance since Sept. 22, 2012, when he pitched for the Baltimore Orioles. A 14-year veteran, Wolf, 37, was considered a long shot to make the big league club before Iwakuma and Walker went down.

YourThoughts

  • jafabian

    Both Kuma and Seager are giving the M’s the finger. Not a good start for spring. ;)
    Wish the club addressed the need for a #3 starter with half the gusto they did to get Cano. Especially when this was an issue last season and the club brought in Joe Saunders late and Aaron Harang during the season.