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Rowland-Smith going on the DL

Sorry about the one sentence post, but I did it from the "crackberry" on the field.

Anyway, as expected Ichiro Suzuki was activated off the disabled list, forcing the Mariners to make a move on the 25-man roster. But the expected move of sending third baseman Matt Tuiasosopo back to Triple A Tacoma, didn't happen. Instead the Mariners placed Ryan Rowland-Smith on the disabled list with triceps tendonitis.

Chris Jakubauskas is going to make the start in his place. That means the bullpen is down a guy, but the Mariners have yet to make a move. Wakamatsu said that neither Cesar Jimenez nor Tyler Johnson is an option right now.

The Mariners could make a move tomorrow with the Rainiers opening in Tacoma. But looking at the staff, I'm not sure who it would be. None of the relievers on the Rainiers is pitching particularly well. Lefty Justin Thomas could be an option, or perhaps it could be Randy Messenger.

Jakubauskas probably won't throw more than 70 pitches. His longest outing of the spring was six innings, but it's doubtful he can go that far.

Rowland-Smith went on the disabled list - retroactive to April 11th, meaning he's eligible to return on April 26th.

"It's just really stiff," Rowland-Smith said. "It's like it's locked up."

Rowland-Smith tried to demonstrate by curling both arms up all the way. While his right arm curled up as far as one would go, his left arm had about an 8-inch difference.

"There's no range of motion," he said.

Rowland-Smith noticed the discomfort a few days ago, and thinks it may be a product of overworking the arm while making some mechanical adjustments with pitching coach Rick Adair.

"My body didn't respond and my elbow didn't respond the way it should," he said.

"It's really frustrating," he added. "I felt stressed out the last couple days. I'm going to use this week to reflect on last year and reflect on spring training and just get my mind in the right place."

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