Seattle Mariners Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Martin cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Martin was off to a slow start to the season before being DFA'd by the Mariners, slashing just .111/.172/.130 over 58 plate appearances this season. His rough slash line, and the fact he is owed $4.85 million this season, likely deterred teams from putting in a waiver claim, allowing him to head back to Tacoma as part of the Mariners. He remains under Seattle's control moving forward, though the team would have to make a 40-man move should they want to recall him anytime in 2017, so he should stick in Triple-A for the foreseeable future
News: Whalen (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Whalen opened the season on the DL after experiencing some inflammation in his throwing shoulder, something the Mariners wanted to be cautious with after his 2016 was cut short due to a shoulder issue. He'll head straight to Tacoma where he'll likely slot into the starting rotation there, but he could eventually earn a call-up with the Mariners if an opportunity arises.
News: Cishek (hip) will pitch for the second straight day during his Thursday rehab outing, Shannon Drayer of reports.
Impact: He threw a scoreless frame with Double-A Arkansas Wednesday night, Greg Johns of reports. Cishek probably will need more time after this step before returning to the majors. The Mariners have said that closer Edwin Diaz may work in high-leverage, non-closing situations, even with a lead. Perhaps after he returns and proves he's pitching to his peak standards, Cishek, who boasts 120 career saves, may sneak in the occasional opportunity.
News: Motter is batting second and playing first base Thursday, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.
Impact: The rising 27-year-old had mostly batted fifth or sixth in his outings this year and had played third base the past two games while Kyle Seager (hip) was resting. Motter had two previous appearances at first base this year, and if Seattle keeps moving him around the diamond, he could boast exciting positional eligibility the rest of what could be a breakout season.
News: Seager is back in the Mariners' lineup Thursday, batting fifth and playing third base, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.
Impact: Seager was available as a pinch hitter the past two days after being scratched Sunday with a sore hip. His fantasy owners should gladly throw him back into their lineups if they can, though Detroit's Justin Verlander presents a tough challenge.
News: The Seattle Mariners outrighted Martin to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.
Impact: Martin, who was designated for assignment by Seattle on April 23, batted .111 with five runs scored in 15 games with the Mariners this season. The 29-year-old had been benched in favor of Jarrod Dyson as the team's starting center fielder, one year removed from batting .247 with career highs in homers (15) and RBIs (47).
News: Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk in Wednesday's win over Detroit.
Impact: That's now three straight games with a homer for Cruz, who has 10 RBI in that span. He also has a seven-game hitting streak going, and Wednesday's performance actually lowered his batting average during that span to .522. Father Time clearly has not come for the 36-year-old Cruz quite yet.
News: Heredia went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer against the Tigers on Wednesday.
Impact: Five straight games in the lineup have seen Heredia produce seven hits over 21 at-bats, and he has a 2:3 BB:K in that span too. Heredia's track record in the minors is that of a contact hitter, and he's done little to dispel that notion so far this season. Don't look to him for much power or speed, but Heredia could help AL-only owners with batting average.
News: Segura went 3-for-6 for the second consecutive game Wednesday, notching a double, two RBI and two runs against the Tigers.
Impact: After returning with a 3-for-6 effort that included a homer Tuesday, Segura continued to look quite healthy -- effervescent, even. His BABIP's now at .400, so don't expect him to carry that .364 batting average for long, but Segura should still contribute in that category while contributing both power and speed, which makes him a very valuable fantasy asset indeed.
News: Paxton (3-0) allowed just four hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings Wednesday in Detroit, striking out nine en route to an 8-0 victory.
Impact: He had a five-run misstep in his last start, but Paxton hasn't been scored on in any of his other four outings, leaving him with a 1.39 ERA and 0.84 WHIP to end his April. That's accompanied by a spectacular 39:6 K:BB in 32.1 innings, so Paxton's showing every sign that at age 28, he's finally realizing his potential, becoming the stud lefty we've been hearing about for so long.
News: Heredia will start in left field and bat second in the order Wednesday against the Tigers, Greg Johns of reports.
Impact: Heredia has been the big winner of the Mariners' decision over the weekend to designate Leonys Martin for assignment. He'll draw his fifth start in a row in left field Wednesday, and move from the bottom third of the order to the No. 2 spot with left-hander Daniel Norris on the hill for the opposition. Heredia doesn't offer much pop or speed, but his contact skills should lock him into a favorable spot in the lineup against opposing lefties.
News: Vogelbach is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers,'s Greg Johns reports.
Impact: Though the Mariners are without two key position players Wednesday in Mitch Haniger (oblique) and Kyle Seager (hip), manager Scott Servais is reluctant to expose Vogelbach to left-handed pitching, so the rookie will sit with southpaw Daniel Norris on the bump for the Tigers. Danny Valencia, who occupies the smaller side of a platoon with Vogelbach, will draw the start at first base and bat sixth in the order.
News: Hernandez, who was placed on the 10-day DL on Wednesday, is expected to miss at least 2-to-3 weeks with right shoulder inflammation, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports.
Impact: He experienced tightness in his throwing shoulder during Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Tigers, and according to Morosi, the diagnosis is shoulder inflammation, which carries with it a very inexact timetable. Chase De Jong, who was promoted from Triple-A Tacoma as a corresponding move, has already been confirmed to take Hernandez's spot in the rotation Sunday, and if he holds his own he could hold on to that spot until Hernandez is ready to return.
News: De Jong will start Sunday in Cleveland, the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reports.
Impact: He was called up as a corresponding move when Felix Hernandez (shoulder inflammation) was placed on the 10-day DL. According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, Hernandez is expected to miss at least 2-to-3 weeks with the ailment, so De Jong could be in line for more than just the one start. His 5.58 FIP in two starts this year at Triple-A and 3.68 FIP in 25 starts last year at Double-A suggest there is little upside here. He has also largely failed to produce impressive strikeout rates in the minors, so his time in the big-league rotation will likely be brief.
News: Gamel is starting in right field and hitting sixth Wednesday against the Tigers,'s Shannon Drayer reports.
Impact: Gamel was summoned from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day after Mitch Haniger was placed on the DL with an oblique injury. While Gamel hits left-handed, he has shown reverse platoon splits in the minors, so it is not surprising that he is in the lineup against southpaw Daniel Norris. He could offer cheap speed in the short term, but may not be able to do much with the bat, as most evaluators think he profiles best as a fourth outfielder.
News: Seager (hip) is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Tigers,'s Shannon Drayer reports.
Impact: He was available as a pinch hitter Tuesday (although he was not used), and that likely remains the case as he sits for the third game in a row. Taylor Motter will start at third base and hit fifth. According to Drayer, the Mariners hope to have Seager back in the lineup in Thursday's series finale.
News: Hernandez (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day DL on Wednesday, Greg Johns of reports.
Impact: We're still awaiting word as to the full extent of the issue, but Hernandez will be forced to miss at least one start as a result of the shoulder injury. While the expectation is that the shoulder is structurally sound, with manager Scott Servais calling it "dead arm as much as anything," Hernandez's status and a potential return date will remain up in the air until the results of his MRI are disclosed.
News: Haniger (oblique) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Haniger was forced out of Tuesday's game with the strained right oblique muscle, and after reevaluating him a day later, the Mariners quickly determined the outfielder was dealing with more than a day-to-day situation. It's a tough break for Haniger, who had gotten off to a sizzling .338/.442/.600 start to the season in his first campaign with the Mariners. While Haniger is out, it's expected that Ben Gamel, who was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move, will be in store for the bulk of the action in right field.
News: Gamel was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: The outfield prospect just missed out on a roster spot out of spring training, but with Mitch Haniger (oblique) landing on the DL, there is finally room for Games in the big leagues. It's unclear how much playing time he'll get, but his mix of speed and power makes him an intriguing play when he is in the lineup.
News: Overton was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: The Mariners needed more bullpen arms after sending Chris Heston and Evan Marshall to the minors, so Overton will re-emerge in the big leagues. His first stint in the majors this season was disastrous, so he'll look to be more effective this time around in a middle-relief role.
News: Heston was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Greg Johns of reports.
Impact: Called upon in relief of Felix Hernandez (shoulder) on Monday, Heston gave up five runs on seven hits (including two home runs) and a walk in two innings of work. He will head down for now with the team needing to add fresh arms to its bullpen. Heston has posted a 3.18 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 17 innings with Tacoma so far this season.
News: De Jong was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: The shuttling continues for De Jong, as he returns to the big leagues after being sent to the minors just three days prior to this move. He'll likely be a candidate to pick up a spot start after Felix Hernandez (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list.
News: Marshall was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Greg Johns of reports.
Impact: This is hardly surprising after Marshall's seven-run implosion against Detroit on Monday. He will likely get another opportunity the next time the Mariners are pressed for bullpen reinforcements, but there's next to nothing to see here from a fantasy perspective.
News: Fien had his contract purchased from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: The veteran righty was DFA'd earlier in the month after struggling out of the big-league bullpen, but a few stellar performances in the minor leagues has him back in the show. He'll likely work primarily in middle relief to replace Chris Heston and Evan Marshall, who were subsequently sent to Triple-A.
News: Haniger (oblique) could be facing a stint on the disabled list, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: The right fielder headed back to Seattle for further testing on his ailing oblique, and given the nature of injuries like this, it's not too surprising to see that a DL stint is being considered. No timetable for his return is evident as of now, but things should become clearer once the results of his tests are revealed.
News: Hernandez (shoulder) could be placed on the disabled list in the next day or so, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: "King Felix" headed back to Seattle for an MRI on his shoulder, and although no structural damage is expected, he's still expected to miss his next start. If the issue is merely a case of a dead arm, a short DL stint could create some roster flexibility while allowing him to make his next scheduled start May 6 against the Rangers. No official word has been released on this front, but things should become clearer in the coming days.
News: Heredia went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run in Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Tigers.
Impact: Heredia continues to parlay his string of starting opportunities into meaningful production, with Tuesday's multi-hit effort representing the fourth straight contest in which he reached safely. The 26-year-old notably drew the start in left field Tuesday despite the return of Jean Segura (hamstring), a development that was projected to shift Taylor Motter over to that spot. However, Kyle Seager's continued absence due to a hip ailment necessitated Motter's presence at the hot corner, allowing Heredia to garner another start.
News: Valencia entered Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Tigers in the third inning after Mitch Haniger (oblique) exited and went 2-for-2 with a solo home run, two walks and two runs.
Impact: Perhaps getting in some unexpected at-bats was just what the doctor ordered for the struggling veteran, who smacked his first homer of the season off Jordan Zimmermann in the fifth, a 404-foot laser to left, and who reached safely in all four plate appearances overall. It was precisely the type of showing that Valencia needed but has proven all too rare for him thus far in Seattle, a pivotal factor in the call-up of Dan Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday.
News: Cruz homered for one of his three hits and had three RBIs on Tuesday.
Impact: Cruz is batting .408 in his last 14 games, and eight of his 15 RBIs over that span have come in the last two games.
News: Segura homered for one of his three hits and had three RBIs on Tuesday.
Impact: Segura, who returned from the DL, is batting .342.
News: After struggling in his last start, Paxton got back on track in a big way Wednesday at Detroit. He allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Impact: Paxton has held opponents scoreless in four of his five starts, and boasts a 1.39 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP with 39 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings.
News: Cruz homered for the third straight game Wednesday at Detroit.
Impact: The slugger has hit safely in seven straight games an is 7 for 12 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in his last three contests. He ranks among the major league leaders with 19 RBIs.
News: Segura notched his second straight three-hit game Wednesday at Detroit and knocked in two runs.
Impact: Segura has six multi-hit efforts in 10 games this season, raising his average to .364.