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Mariners notebook: Start of next season in doubt for Cishek after surgery

Mariners reliever Steve Cishek is expected to need four-to-six months to recover from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.
Mariners reliever Steve Cishek is expected to need four-to-six months to recover from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. AP

Veteran Mariners reliever Steve Cishek might miss the start of the 2017 season after undergoing surgery Oct. 12 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.

Cishek, 30, pitched the final six weeks of the season with the injury, which he acknowledged would require surgery. All indications suggest the procedure went well, but club officials peg the recovery period as being from four-to-six months.

A best-case scenario would permit Cishek to return to full activities shortly after spring training opens in February. But a six-month recovery would delay his return until mid-April.

The Mariners open the April 3 at Houston.

"That’s possible (that Cishek will miss the start of the season)," general manager Jerry Dipoto said, "though impossible to pinpoint until the rehab is under way."

Cishek was 4-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 62 games and had 25 saves in 31 chances before the injury forced him to the disabled list after an Aug. 1 appearance. He served as a setup reliever when he returned and compiled a 1.10 ERA in 18 games.

"I’ve been able to get through my delivery without any issues," he said late in the season. "It’s going to be sore. There’s a torn labrum in there. I’m going to have some good days and bad days.

Current plans call for Cishek to again serve next season as a setup reliever to closer Edwin Diaz. Cishek is entering the final season of a two-yer deal signed Dec. 14, 2015.

MORE SURGERY UPDATES

Right-handed pitchers Taijuan Walker and Tony Zych also underwent recent surgeries, but both are expected to be fully recovered prior to the start of the spring training.

Walker, 24, underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to remove a bone fragment from his right ankle. Dr. Nicholas Siebert performed the procedure in Seattle.

Plans call for Walker to begin rehabilitation efforts immediately.

Walker battled tendinitis in his right foot, which forced him to the disabled list in early July for a month. He finished 8-11 with a 4.22 ERA in 25 starts.

Zych, 26, missed most of the season because of tendinitis in his rotator cuff. He underwent surgery Oct. 11 in New York for a biceps tendon transfer. The procedure did not involve the rotator cuff or the shoulder capsule.

The problem surfaced after a May 1 appearance against Kansas City. Zych did not pitch again until August and returned to the Mariners for two September outings. He finished the year with a 3.29 ERA in 12 games.

The Mariners do not anticipate surgeries this off-season for any other players.

ACTA HONORED

Third-base coach Manny Acta is this year’s recipient of the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award, which is presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

The award seeks to recognize a current or former major-leaguer whose "community service exemplifies the unselfish and humble attitude of Brooks Robinson, bettering the lives of the youth in his community."

Previous recipients include former Mariners pitcher Jaime Moyer.

The MLBPAA cited Acta for founding the impACTA Kids Foundation in 2007. The program targets youth in the United States and Dominican Republic by "emphasizing the importance of education, health and athletics."

Acta will receive his award at the 17th annual Legends for Youth Dinner on Nov. 15 in New York.

Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners

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