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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Danny Hultzen, Dustin Ackley, Roenis Elias

By on 10/01/2014 05:00:00 PM

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Danny Hultzen threw well in his third outing in the instructional league, reports Greg Johns of Johns adds that outfielder Dustin Ackley will see a specialist about his sore left ankle and that starting pitcher Roenis Elias won't need any extra treatment on his elbow.

Hultzen missed the entire 2014 season after undergoing surgery to repair his labrum and rotator cuff last October. Reports were positive from Hultzen's 25-pitch outing on Tuesday, but he will be shut down until spring training rather than head to the Arizona Fall League.

Once one of Seattle's top prospects, Hultzen could be in the mix at some point in 2015 if he returns at full strength. Hultzen was on the verge of making in the majors in 2013, posting a 2.05 ERA (2.56 FIP) and a strikeout rate of 27.6 percent in six starts before the injury.

Ackley only missed a handful of games in September due to a lingering left ankle injury, but will see a specialist during the offseason. He is not expected to need surgery.

While Ackley has struggled for much of his career after being drafted second overall in 2009, he played very well in the second half of 2014. Overall, Ackley hit .245/.293/.398 with 2.1 WAR.

Elias was shut down late in the season after straining his left flexor bundle in a September 16 start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The injury is not expected to impact his regular throwing program for the 2015 season.

The 26-year-old Cuban surprised everyone in 2014, posting a 3.85 ERA (4.03 FIP) after jumping straight from Double-A at the beginning of the season. Depending on what happens in free agency, Elias will be in competition for a spot at the back of Seattle's rotation next season. 

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