OAKLAND — Chris Young was needing to make his first Major Little league appearance since 2012 because of shoulder problems, but the seasoned right-hander will have to wait longer at this point after having Fridays Mariners start detained by poor playing ailments at O.co Coliseum.
The 6-foot-10 Young will be moved into the bullpen as a long reliever for now, while Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon chose to omit the 34-year-old fifth starter and stick with Felix Hernandez on his regular schedule for Saturday. McClendon will keep his other starters in their normal rotation as well for now.
Erasmo Ramirez will start Sundays series finale against the As seeing that planned, and James Paxton provides Tuesdays home opener against the Angels in Safeco Field. That lines upward rookie Roenis Elias for Wednesdays game, with Hernandez coming back Friday for the initial contest of a three-game weekend established with the As.
With two off-days coming up with Monday and Thursday through Seattles opening homestand, Young may not be with line to return to the turn until the Mariners head back out on the road to Texas and Arkansas the following week.
The decision regarding McClendon wasnt difficult.
I think anytime you have a chance to keep your No. One on schedule, you keep your pet on schedule, McClendon explained. To me, that just makes more sense. They can be No. 1 for a explanation.
As for Young, who closed a one-year deal two weeks in the past after being released by the Nationals?
Hell pitch out of the bullpen, and hopefully well try to keep him as sharp as we can, McClendon claimed. Then well reevaluate in a few days and see where we are.
Young, a nine-year Major League veteran, has started One fifty nine big league games within his career, but he has by no means pitched in relief.