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MLB NEWS: Seattle Mariners’ suspended Bryan Woo today

Woo exits first game back from IL with forearm tightness

 

 

 

SEATTLE — Cal Raleigh knew something was off immediately, pacing out to the mound after Bryan Woo unleashed what would be his final pitch on Friday night.

Woo winced after his 62nd offering, showing discomfort but not extreme pain, which he revealed postgame to be tightness in his pitching forearm. His body language didn’t suggest that something significant was afoot, but given that he’d just been activated off the 15-day injured list with right elbow inflammation and was making his 2024 debut, the development in Seattle’s series-opening 8-1 win over Oakland at T-Mobile Park was concerning nonetheless.

 

After a brief conferral with manager Scott Servais and head athletic trainer Kyle Torgerson — and despite his own efforts to remain in the game — Woo exited with one out in the fifth inning of a scoreless outing. The team later designated that the departure was due to “precautionary reasons.” And Servais said he anticipates that Woo will make his next start.

“Just kind of take it day by day,” Woo said. “Going through injuries is never fun, but try to just do the best you can with it.”

Woo, 24, surrendered just one hit and one walk with three strikeouts, settling in after a 26-pitch first inning and looking on pace to clear the fifth, which Servais suggested pregame was the threshold for the righty — and/or somewhere in the 80-pitch range.

 

 

Beyond limited traffic, Woo was also riding the run support of a five-run fourth, punctuated by a two-run homer from Dylan Moore. But that lengthy layover may have contributed to the issue.

“It was just sitting for a long time,” Woo said. “It was a long inning. You sit for that long, especially coming back from injuries, like it gets kind of cold and it’s kind of hard to get it going again. So it’s kind of been like a theme throughout the rehab process. If I ever have long innings or something like that, it’s just kind of finding ways to get it going again.”

 

 

Woo wowed in three rehab appearances with Triple-A Tacoma, all scoreless and with 17 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings, after being placed on the IL just three days before Opening Day. The efficiency at times prevented him from stretching out, capped with 67 pitches in his final rehab start last Saturday.

“He’ll be fine,” Servais said. “This has happened before with Bryan. He’s a young pitcher. He’s had issues in the past, he’s worked through some things, and again, a lot of these guys are learning. … You have the long innings like that, maybe you need to change up your routine, do some different things. But he’ll make his next start.”

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