Some steps forward for the Mariners on the injury front: Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma throw from a mound for the first time since being placed on the disabled list; James Paxton slotted to start next week against Colorado.
Right-hander Rob Whalen, who spent spring training battling shoulder and calf injuries, will start Saturday for the Mariners at Boston. He will be the Mariners’ 12th different starting pitcher this season.
Infielder Mike Freeman and right-hander Chris Heston were claimed on waivers Friday by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Losing Freeman clears a space on the Mariners’ 40-man roster. Heston had been designated for assignment on Wednesday.
Nelson Cruz’s three-run homer provides Mariners with the big hit they’ve been missing in their five-game losing streak. Ariel Miranda works five strong innings before a bullpen relay closes out the victory.
Lefty James Paxton is scheduled to throw 60-65 pitches Friday in a rehab start that should be the final step in his recovery from a strained forearm muscle. If all goes well, he is expected to start next week against Colorado.