Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Ryan Weber was pulled in the fourth inning of Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Remarkably, Weber could become the fifth Seattle Mariner starting pitcher on the disabled list if the injury proves to be serious.
“He grabbed himself right above the elbow which is concerning for his ulnar collateral ligament on the inside of the elbow, but it could also be referred pain from the shoulder.” Dr. Selene Parekh of the Fantasy Doctor’s said. “At this point it is very difficult to know what is going on, but I anticipate an MRI of the elbow and/or shoulder.”
Weber was claimed off waivers in November after spending two seasons with the Atlanta Braves organization. He has been one of the more dominant pitchers in the Pacific Coast League, starting five games for the Tacoma Rainiers. Posting a 2-0 win-loss record as well as donning a 0.85 ERA helped garner the attention of the Mariners. He even pitched well, allowing just one run in 3.2 innings on the mound before suffering the ill-timed injury.
He joins the band of Seattle pitchers suffering from injuries, which includes Felix Hernandez, James Paxton, Drew Smyly and Hisashi Iwakuma. The team has the second lowest ERA (4.65), behind the Detroit Tigers (4.76), in part because the team has constantly been forced to play musical chairs with its pitching staff.
Yovani Gallardo and Ariel Miranda, a rookie, are the only two healthy members of the Opening Day starting rotation. Christian Bergman and Chase De Jong currently fill out the two other spots in the rotation. However, no announcement has been made, as of the moment, on who will replace Weber in the rotation.
Dillon Overton is the only other player who has started a game this season who is currently on the roster. He has a 6.17 ERA in 11.2 innings, including one start, this season The team could also choose to promote Chris Heston from Triple-A. Heston boasts a 3.25 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 27.2 innings with the Rainiers this season. Luckily for Seattle, James Paxton, an early Cy Young Award contender, is expected to return by the end of the month.
Weber was a replacement call-up himself. Therefore, there are no fantasy implications for fantasy owners.