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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Roenis Elias out for season

By on 9/23/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Seattle Mariners have confirmed that Roenis Elias will not return this season after an MRI revealed a strained flexor bundle in his left elbow. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times tweeted the news on Monday afternoon:

Elias left his last start with what was initially described as elbow stiffness. The Mariners were holding out some hope that the rookie could at least return to help out in the bullpen. That 4-6 week timeframe means there is no way Elias will be ready to pitch again in 2014 even if the Mariners get a wild card and go deep into the playoffs, as the World Series would be set to start right at the early end of that timeframe.

The 26-year-old has shown some promise in his first season in the major leagues, finishing with a 3.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 163 2/3 innings. That innings total may well have prevented him from pitching much more in any case, as his 148 1/3 innings at High-A in 2012 was his previous high. Elias holds a decent 2.23 K/BB ratio and 4.03 FIP, so if nothing else, he should be a useful back-of-the-rotation or long relief arm going forwards.

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