Mechanical issues force Edwin Diaz out of the Mariners' closing job

  • Mechanical issues force Edwin Diaz out of the Mariners' closing job

Mechanical issues force Edwin Diaz out of the Mariners' closing job

While this was a rough appearance (particularly given the context of the team's late bullpen struggles), Cishek was just activated from the disabled list after sitting on the shelf all season while rehabbing from hip surgery.

"It's nothing that we think is going to take longer than an extra five or six days and he should be good to go, rather than waiting day to day to day", Servais said.

I know he's disappointed as well. Servais said a committee will be responsible for the ninth inning, including Tony Zych, Nick Vincent, Steve Cishek and Marc Rzepczynski all as options.

"We wanted to slow-play him, but that might not be the case every night", Servais said.

"We're gonna put him in some low-leverage situations and take the pressure off because we know when the game speeds up what happens".

Diaz entered the game with the opportunity to score a save in the ninth inning, and he was then pulled after walking four straight batters, loading the bases and walking in a run. If that means bringing in a lefty to help finish off a ninth inning, that's what it's going to have to be.

James Pazos has a 2.65 ERA over 17 innings pitched and is striking out batters 29.0 percent of the time, putting him almost half a percent behind Diaz in that category.

"We needed to start working now", Diaz said. Diaz will work closely on his mechanics with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. "Taking him through some basic stuff and trying to keep it simple without confusing him that he can grab onto and take it into the game if he gets sideways again".

The closing duties will now fall to a handful of pitchers with not any one specifically tasked to fill the role. He finished his rookie year with a 2.79 ERA, with 88 strikeouts and just 15 walks.

"We just tried to fix the things that he does - stay back on the rubber like him", Diaz said. But he seemed encouraged by the changes Stottlemyre wants him to make - and it doesn't hurt that he is using video of Pedro Martinez as a teaching tool. "Everything will be fine after that".