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"I think I just must have slept on it wrong. It's just a little stiff back, that's all. We'll see how it feels tomorrow and go from there."The Mariners have ten pitchers competing for three rotation spots. Felix Hernandez, naturally, and Hisashi Iwakuma hold the top two. Candidates for the other three spots include Maurer, Scott Baker, Randy Wolf (both returning from Tommy John surgery), and prospects Taijuan Walker and James Paxton among others.
Maurer had a tough rookie season in 2013. He was 5-8 with a 6.30 ERA and 1.567 in 22 games, 14 of them starts. He was 3-8, 6.20 as a starter. With so much competition, Maurer cannot afford to miss much time if he wants a chance to improve on those numbers and make the starting rotation.
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