Frustrating morning for the Seattle Mariners, who didn't have much good news about closer David Aardsma, reliever Shawn Kelley or center fielder Franklin Gutierrez.
"I told you guys you'd have a lot to write about this season," manager Eric Wedge said.
"Games? Hell, I'd love it if that's all we had to worry about," he said.
Aardsma, working his way back from major December hip surgery, developed forearm stiffness this week and had an MRI performed Friday. The team doctors are going over the results now, Wedge said.
"How could I not be frustrated?" Aardsma said. "I worked as hard as I possibly could on my legs to get back and now this? I want to put my head through a wall. I'm hyper-frustrated."
Kelley, on the 60-day disabled list after elbow surgery, threw one inning of a scheduled two-inning simulated game, then called the trainer to the mound - followed quickly by Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis.
"Was I nervous when he called us out? Hell, yes," Wedge said.
For Kelley, who said his arm was stiff as he warmed up, there was more stiffness under his right arm. He threw a few balls to test himself after calling everyone to the mound, then was shut down.
"We're not going to risk anything, but we don't think it's serious," Wedge said. "It's not an excuse, but this weather doesn't help. Shawn will come on the trip with us and throw another simulated game there."
And Gutierrez? After missing time in Tacoma because of rain and wet grounds, he was scratched from the Rainiers lineup today because of 'flu like symptoms,' Wedge said.
"He's just plain sick today," Wedge said. "He'll go with them to Oklahoma City, where the weather is warmer, then on to New Orleans. "
Oh, and just to add to the list, third baseman Chone Figgins was scratched from today's lineup because his right knee was stiff and swollen after he'd fouled a pitch off of it Saturday night.