News: Cruz hit his fourth home run in four games Tuesday against the Angels.
Impact: Cruz is hitting .340 on the season and leads the majors in home runs (14) and RBI (26). He has struck out four times in his past two games, but his strikeout rate (20.9) is about the same as it was last season.
News: Hernandez earned his fifth victory of the season Tuesday against the Angels, allowing one run on six hits and a walk in seven innings while striking out seven.
Impact: Hernandez rebounded after not having his best stuff in his last start. He gave up five singles, including two infield hits, and the only runner to reach third base came in the seventh inning on his lone mistake -- a solo home run. He also got nine groundouts to three air outs in another dominating outing.
News: Morban has been placed on the restricted list due to personal reasons, Bob Dutton of the News Tribune reports.
Impact: Morban left the team for personal reasons following Saturday's game. By placing him on the restricted list, the Mariners cleared a spot on the 40-man roster for right handed reliever Mark Lowe.
News: Lowe was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: The Mariners cleared a spot on their 40-man roster for Lowe by placing Julio Morban (personal reasons) on the restricted list. Lowe has fanned 11 batters over nine innings at Triple-A Tacoma this season.
News: Ruggiano will absorb most of the playing time in center field with Austin Jackson (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Ruggiano is batting .222 with eight strikeouts in 27 at-bats this season. Manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that Ruggiano would get the majority of the playing time in center in Austin Jackson's absence. It's unclear how long Jackson will be out with the ankle injury, but Ruggiano should see an uptick in production in his stead.
News: Kickham was designated for assignment Monday.
Impact: Kickham was with Triple-A Tacoma, but struggled so far as he's posted a 7.29 ERA through five starts. The move clears up space on the 40-man roster for Joe Beimel, whose contract was selected in a corresponding move Monday.
News: Jackson (ankle) was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday.
Impact: Jackson had earlier reported feeling hopeful that the ankle sprain he suffered during Sunday's contest wouldn't land him on the DL, but the team ultimately decided to do so. Given his optimism of avoiding such a stint, it's possible Jackson will only need to miss the minimum 15 days before returning. Justin Ruggiano figures to get the majority of the starts in his absence.
News: Miller is not in the lineup Monday against the Angels, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Miller has gotten the start in 13 straight games, so it appears to just be a regular day off for the 25-year-old. Chris Taylor, who was called up earlier Monday, will get the start at shortstop in his stead.
News: Beimel had his contract selected by the Mariners on Monday.
Impact: Beimel pitched 3.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and just one hit allowed with Triple-A Tacoma thus far. He'll serve as an extra arm in the big league bullpen, but figures to be used mainly in lower leverage situations.
Impact: Taylor had been hitting well in the minors, slashing .313/.385/.475 with two homers in 21 games and got the nod for the promotion in a corresponding move as the team placed Austin Jackson on the disabled list. He'll start at shortstop and bat ninth Monday against the Angels.
News: The Seattle Mariners placed Jackson on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle.
Impact: Jackson was injured in Sunday's loss at Houston when he stepped on pitcher Roberto Hernandez's foot at first base while running out a ground ball. He is batting .242 with two homers and four RBIs in 25 games.