The Seattle Mariners will get a look at one of their top prospects from the 2018 season, pitcher Logan Gilbert, today, as reports say Gilbert will get the start Thursday evening when Seattle plays host to the 20-14 Cleveland Indians. Gilbert has to step up, now that so many starting pitchers are on the IL.
Oddly enough Seattle was one of the few teams around Major League Baseball that started the 2021 season with six different starters. That rotation included Marco Gonzales, James Paxton, Justus Sheffield, Yusei Kikuchi, Chris Flexen and Justin Dunn.
The latest injury front for the M’s pitching staff includes a possible Tommy John surgery for right-hander Ljay Newsome, who was off to a 1-1 start in 2021. The team already lost Paxton for the year due to Tommy John surgery, and Gonzales is currently on the injured list due to a forearm strain.
Lefty Nick Margevicius, who got a look in the rotation following Paxton’s injury, is now out due to shoulder troubles. Seattle is also without relievers Keynan Middleton (biceps strain) and Casey Sadler (shoulder inflammation) at the moment.
Manager Scott Servais is doing whatever kind of patchwork job he can to keep the rotation in order and to find pitchers who can throw and be successful.
Right now, the middle of the pack is okay for the Ms, but at some point the team needs to turn it up if they want to make a run this season. The club needs to find itself soon. They have a current mark of 18-19, mediocre enough for third place in the AL West.