Danny Hultzen played catch for first time today since being shutdown a second time for a rotator cuff strain. Hultzen threw 41 times from 60 feet. Mariners trainer Rick Griffin and pitching coach Carl Willis supervised the session.
This is the new revised throwing plan for Hultzen. After suffering the setback in his recovery the first time, the Mariners decided to take a look at everything about Hultzen's recovery, including his mechanics, to see what is causing the irritation.
“They’ve gone through the pitching coaches have gone through and analyzed his mechanics from the time he was in college through our big league camp," Griffin said. 'They saw a few things they want to work on and that’s why he’s starting here under the eyes of Carl and people here.”
Griffin didn't offer any specifics.
“It’s not dramatic," he said. "They’re just certain things that can create stresses in certain parts of your body if you continue to do them. So we’re trying to put him in a position where he doesn’t repeat something like that and we think we’ve found a couple things that are going to benefit him so the problems he’s had in the past don’t keep happening.”
Michael Morse played nine innings with the Rainiers last night, going 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. And he's with the Rainiers in Reno tonight and the in line-up. Thompson wants Morse to get a few more at-bats on the rehab assignment.
"He just need more at-bats," Thompson said. "He was out six weeks. He has about 12 to 14 at-bats, he needs 10 or 12 more. He’s played nine innings for the first time. That’s standard. When you come back on a rehab, you DH it a few games, you play a few innings and increase the playing time. He just needs at-bats. He’ll be fine. Hopefully he gets through that with his leg. I don’t think there’s any issue with that. Now it’s just a matter of getting his at-bats and his timing together and seeing pitches. Hopefully in 2, 3 or 4 days we’ll see where he’s at."
When asked if Morse would be ready to join the team in Boston, Thompson replied, "possibly."