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Prospects dim for Zych’s return to Mariners’ bullpen before season ends

Tony Zych was 6-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 45 games before an arm injury forced him to the disabled list.
Tony Zych was 6-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 45 games before an arm injury forced him to the disabled list. AP

The likelihood of right-hander Tony Zych providing the Mariners’ bullpen with a late-season boost dimmed Wednesday when he continued to experience forearm soreness in a bullpen workout.

"It wasn’t as good as he was hoping," manager Scott Servais admitted, "which is a little disappointing. We’d certainly love to have him back for the end of the year.

"I’m not saying he can’t be back (before the season ends), but I was kind of hoping he’d be doing cartwheels as he came out of the bullpen. That wasn’t quite the case. He still felt it a little bit in his forearm."

Zych, 27, was 6-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 45 games before a strained flexor bundle in his elbow forced him to the disabled list after an Aug. 19 outing at Tampa Bay. He missed most of last season because of a biceps injury that required surgery in October.

HANNEMANN HONORED

Outfielder Jacob Hannemann, acquired by the Mariners in a Sept. 4 waiver claim from the Chicago Cubs, is this year’s recipient for a minor-league Gold Glove for defensive excellence.

Hannemann, 26, handled 240 chances without an error over 106 games while playing for Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs’ system.

Rawlings presents one Gold Glove for each of the nine defensive positions from a pool of players covering the 10 full-season minor leagues.

Hannemann is 1-for-4 in five games since joining the Mariners. He was a third-round pick by the Cubs in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners

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