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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Roenis Elias exits with elbow stiffness

By on 9/17/2014 08:15:00 AM

Seattle Mariners rookie starting pitcher Roenis Elias exited Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third inning with left elbow stiffness, according to Root Sports Northwest:

Elias  threw just 60 pitches in the game, giving up two runs on five hits in three plus innings. The decision to remove Elias appears to be precautionary, but any to a young pitcher is cause for concern.

Fellow rookie Carson Smith replaced Elias. The Mariners rallied to beat Anaheim 13-2 and moved within one game of the second AL Wild Card.

Seattle has been limiting Elias' innings over the past month plus, skipping him in the rotation whenever possible. With no off days remaining and every game crucial, the Mariners could choose to go to a four-man rotation for the final two weeks if Elias is shut down.

Elias jumped directly from Double-A out of spring training and established himself as a viable part of Seattle's future. the 26-year-old Cuban has a 3.85 ERA (4.02 FIP) and 143 strikeouts in 163.2 innings this season.

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