Seattle Mariners Player News: All Positions

News: Vogelbach went 1-for-2 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Royals.
Impact: He launched a solo shot in the first inning, going back-to-back with Domingo Santana. Vogelbach continues to get on base at an impressive clip -- he's got an 18:15 BB:K through 18 games in June -- and on the year, the 26-year-old is slashing .256/.396/.543 with 18 homers and 42 RBI in 69 contests.
News: Santana went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Royals.
Impact: He took Brad Keller deep in the first inning with a three-run shot then tagged Brian Flynn for a solo shot in the sixth, chipping in an RBI single in between. Santana has three two-homer games already this season, with the last coming June 7, but remarkably he didn't go yard at all in the 10 games in between those performances. For the year, Santana's slashing .279/.338/.483 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI in 74 contests.
News: Gonzales (8-6) picked up the win Wednesday in an 8-2 victory over the Royals, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk over 6.2 innings while striking out five.
Impact: The southpaw earned his third straight win while delivering his ninth quality start of the season. Gonzales will carry a 4.38 ERA and 67:28 K:BB through 96.2 innings into his next outing Tuesday in Milwaukee.
News: Strickland (lat) is likely to resume some light throwing Friday after suffering a setback last weekend, Greg Johns of reports. "I won't have to go back to square one, because the strength and everything is still there, they're just hoping that pulling this fluid will get me over that hump and stop putting pressure on that tendon," Strickland said. "It's a process. I started throwing BP and felt it. I wasn't ready yet."
Impact: The fluid drain Strickland alludes to occurred earlier this week after the veteran reliever felt some soreness during a live batting practice Sunday. Strickland had a second platelet-rich plasma injection this week to promote the healing process, and the scheduled restart of his throwing program should reveal whether it's having its desired effect.
News: Milone will work as the primary pitcher Saturday against the Orioles, Greg Johns of reports.
Impact: Milone has pitched well behind an opener in each of his past three appearances, so he'll continue to work in that role for the time being. The southpaw owns a 2.55 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 13:1 K:BB in three outings as a primary pitcher (17.2 innings), which is a step above his 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 19:4 K:BB in 15 innings as a starter (three starts). It remains to be seen who will serve as the opener ahead of him Saturday.
News: LeBlanc will serve as the primary pitcher for Thursday's game against the Orioles, Greg Johns of reports.
Impact: LeBlanc has followed an opener in each of his past three trips to the mound, compiling a 4.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 11:2 K:BB in those outings. While the results haven't been stellar, they're markedly better than the 6.99 ERA and 1.66 WHIP he posted through his first six starts, so the Mariners will continue to deploy him behind an opener for the time being. The Mariners have yet to announce who will open Thursday's game.
News: Tuivailala (Achilles) will resume his rehab assignment Friday with short-season Everett, Greg Johns of reports.
Impact: Tuivailala had nearly completed the allotted 30 days for his rehab assignment before being briefly shut down with shoulder tightness in late May. It's not clear how much longer he'll need to spend on the assignment this time around.
News: Hernandez's MRI on his lat revealed no new injuries Tuesday, Greg Johns of reports.
Impact: Hernandez had been on a rehab assignment but paused due to shoulder fatigue. The Mariners evidently didn't find anything particularly worrisome, so he'll throw a few more bullpen sessions before heading back on a rehab assignment.