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Friday, December 12, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Danny Hultzen likely to start 2015 in minors

By on 12/12/2014 01:45:00 PM

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Danny Hultzen is expected to begin the 2015 season in the minors as he recovers from major shoulder surgery, reports Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.

Hultzen has not pitched in a game since undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff on Oct. 1 of 2013. Those injuries are very difficult to recover from, but Hutlzen was able to pitch in three instructional league outings and is expected to be ready for spring training.

General manager Jack Zduriencik believes Hultzen is unlikely to break camp with the Mariners because he needs a full workload of innings to progress his recovery. Hultzen rose to the Triple-A level before the surgery and will likely be headed back to Tacoma for the start of the season.

The No. 2 overall pick of the 2011 draft was nearing a breakthrough to the majors before suffering the injuries. Hultzen posted a 2.05 ERA (2.56 FIP) in 30.2 innings with Tacoma in 2013 while striking out 27.6 percent of opposing batters.

Seattle's rotation is full for the 2015 season, with Taijuan Walker, Roenis Elias and J.A. Happ battling for the final two spots. However, the Mariners' farm system has little depth at the position, so Hultzen could be in the mix in the future if he is able to recover fully.  

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