News: Zunino has been optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Zunino has struggled mightily at the plate this season, and his issues have only worsened in August, as he's hitting a paltry .130 on the month with 20 strikeouts in 54 at-bats. The Mariners called up John Hicks from Tacoma to fill his roster spot.
News: Hicks has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Hicks will make his first career trip up to the big leagues, taking the spot of Mike Zunino, who was optioned to Tacoma on Friday. Hicks hit a combined .290 across two levels in 2014, but is slashing .245/.282/.362 in 83 Triple-A contests. He figures to share time with Jesus Sucre behind the plate.
News: Gutierrez went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in a 4-2 loss to the White Sox on Thursday.
Impact: Gutierrez has had a nice resurgence with the Mariners this season, and he's been hot as of late. Over the last nine games, Gutierrez has four home runs, two doubles and 13 RBI. Gutierrez continues to kill left-handed pitching this season, with a .333 average and .997 OPS is 72 at-bats against southpaws.
News: Elias (4-7) made his first start in two months Thursday, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits over 6.2 innings in a loss to the White Sox.
Impact: It was clear that Elias was a bit rusty, as the nine hits represent a season high. Aside from two seven-run outings in the middle of June, Elias has not allowed more than four runs in any of his other 12 starts. Elias was brought in to replace Vidal Nuno in the rotation, and it remains to be seen whether he'll stay in the rotation for his next scheduled start Tuesday against Houston.
News: Smith is out of the lineup Thursday against the White Sox, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: Smith will continue to sit against left-handed pitching, as the White Sox send out southpaw Carlos Rodon on Thursday. Franklin Gutierrez will once again draw the start in left field in his absence, batting fifth.
News: Seager is out of the lineup Thursday against the White Sox, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: Seager hasn't received a day off in over two months, last sitting out with an illness June 18, but there are no indications that there's anything wrong. Brad Miller will get the start at third base in his stead, batting eighth.