Seattle Mariners Player News: All Positions

News: Gonzales (5-4) allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out three across seven innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Rangers.
Impact: Gonzales allowed a solo home run to Hunter Pence in the sixth inning to account for his only earned run of the game. While he wasn't dominant in terms of strikeouts, Gonzalez controlled the zone well beginning 19 of the 27 batters he faced with a strike and finding the zone with 58 of his 81 total pitches. After failing to complete more than five innings in three of his past four starts, this long outing was needed for Gonzales. He'll look to build off this performance in his next start, which is currently scheduled for Tuesday against Texas.
News: Narvaez, who left Wednesday's game against the Rangers in the top of the fourth inning after taking a foul tip off his left knee, hopes to be able to return to action Friday in Oakland, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Impact: He apparently got hit in the exact same spot on his left knee a few games ago, and attempted to play through it Wednesday, before taking himself out when he realized he was hurting the team. The plan is for him to get lots of ice and treatment during Thursday's off day before hopefully returning for this weekend's series. Tom Murphy would be the fill-in if Narvaez needs a couple extra off days.
News: Wright cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.
Impact: Wright owns a career 6.08 ERA and a 9.25 mark this season, so it's hardly a surprise to see him pass through waivers unclaimed. He'll remain in the Mariners' organization as organizational depth.
News: Rumbelow cleared waivers Wednesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma.
Impact: It's hardly surprising that Rumbelow's 9.19 Triple-A ERA wasn't appealing enough for another team to claim him off waivers. He'll remain in the Mariners' organization but doesn't appear to be close to returning to the big leagues.
News: Manager Scott Servais said Kikuchi will make a "normal start" Saturday in Oakland before likely tossing an abbreviated one-inning appearance in one of his subsequent 2-to-3 appearances, Greg Johns of reports.
Impact: In an effort to ease Kikuchi's transition from Japan to the majors and keep his innings in check, the Mariners plan to limit the left-hander to one abbreviated outing approximately every 5-to-6 turns this season. His first shortened start was a one-inning appearance versus the Rangers back on April 26; Kikuchi has since turned in four consecutive quality starts, submitting a 2.02 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in that span. Kikuchi will look to keep rolling Saturday in his fifth straight "normal start" and then should handle a lighter workload the next time his turn comes up May 30 versus the Angels. Since that outing against the Angels would represent Kikuchi's only "start" of the week, it may be advisable for fantasy managers to keep him on the bench.
News: Bautista (pectoral) shifted his rehab assignment to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday. He pitched a scoreless inning in relief in a 12-3 win over Fresno, working around a hit and a wild pitch in the 23-pitch outing.
Impact: The 23-year-old has logged six minor-league appearances in total over the past two weeks, posting a 9:4 K:BB while holding hitters to a .105 average in six innings between Tacoma and High-A Modesto. Manager Scott Servais said Wednesday that the Mariners have yet to pinpoint a target date for Bautista's return from the 10-day injured list, but the skipper noted the right-hander could use the full 30 days for his rehab assignment, per Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times. Bautista has two minor-league options remaining and could stick around at Tacoma once activated from the IL.
News: Long went 1-for-3 with his first major-league hit, a single, in a loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.
Impact: The rookie broke the ice with a single to right center in the top of the sixth off Lance Lynn. Long should have multiple opportunities to add to that tally in the coming days now that Dee Gordon (wrist) has landed on the 10-day injured list.
News: Seager (hand) remains on track to return from the 60-day injured list Saturday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: Seager has been on IL all season while recovering from hand surgery but hasn't hit any major snags in his rehab program and will be ready to go when first eligible. He's gone 9-for-32 at the plate during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma.
News: Beckham is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Beckham starred in Monday's 10-9 loss by reaching base four times and driving in five runs, but he took a step back Tuesday, striking out in all three of his at-bats. He'll sit in favor of Dylan Moore in the series finale and could see his opportunities at third base dwindle in the near future with Kyle Seager (hand) expected to return from the 10-day injured list Saturday.
News: Santana is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Impact: After striking out five times in nine at-bats during the first two games of the series, Santana will sit out the matinee contest before likely rejoining the lineup Friday in Oakland. Jay Bruce will fill in for Santana in the outfield.
News: Strickland (lat) is with the team on the current road trip and participated in an aggressive throwing session on flat ground Tuesday, Greg Johns of reports.
Impact: The veteran reliever continues to work out with trainers daily and is progressing well by all accounts. Strickland is scheduled to throw again Thursday and could begin participating in consecutive sessions as early as Sunday. Strickland will progress to bullpen sessions and live batting practice at some point before eventually embarking on a rehab assignment.
News: Narvaez went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: It's his fourth multi-hit performance in his last seven starts. Narvaez is now slashing .301/.373/.507 through 40 games with eight homers and 20 RBI, and he should continue to see the bulk of the work behind the plate for Seattle despite his less-than-exemplary defense.
News: Milone (0-1) took the loss Tuesday, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk over five innings while striking out six as the Mariners were downed 5-3 by the Rangers.
Impact: The veteran left-hander gave Seattle a solid effort in his first big-league start of the season, but the offense didn't get going until after Milone had left the game. The club hasn't yet announced whether he'll stick in the rotation, but this performance was likely good enough to earn him at least one more turn.