Left-hander Jarrod Washburn has pitched as well this season as he has since joining the Seattle Mariners - though now he faces the uncertainty of a knee problem that likely won't go away.
Washburn, 34, will miss his scheduled start today and pitch instead Tuesday in Oakland. Inflammation in his left knee is the problem, but an MRI showed no structural damage.
That disappointed Washburn.
"I was hoping it was something they could take care of, something we could scope and get rid of and go on with the season," Washburn said. "Inflammation, though, that's probably something I'm going to have to deal with all year."
Though he's 3-3 with a 3.86 earned run average, Washburn has pitched better than that. And for the last three starts or so, he's dealt with the knee on the mound.
"It doesn't hurt if I run straight ahead, it really only hurts when I'm pitching," Washburn said. "And it's worse the next day. I'm icing it, taking the medication I'm given, but it seems to be a little worse each start."
For now, the Mariners will try to give Washburn the occasional extra day between starts and hope for the best."It's basically old age," Washburn said. "I'll pitch through it."