Right-hander Sean White, who went from a non-roser invitee to a dominant setup man in the Mariners bullpen, was sent to Seattle today to have his shoulder examined by doctors.
White, who had shoulder issues coming into the season, hadn't pitched in more than a week as the team tried to rest the shoulder.
It didn't ease the pain and stiffness, so White - and ihis 3-2 record, 2.80 earned run average and 52 appearances - is almost certainly finished for the season.
"For him to come to camp as the 14th-15th guy and pitch the way he has all season was phenomenal," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We knew he'd had shoulder problems, but he managed it and we tried to help him manage it.
"Right now, it's the same way I feel about Russell Branyan - I just hope they can come back and help us finish what we started this season."
White, 28, made spring adjustments to his delivery at the suggesion of pitching coach Rick Adair, and enjoyed the best season of his professional career.
"If you could promise me the same season next year he's given us this year, I'd take it in a heartbeat," Wakamatsu said. "That's how special his year has been."
The issue for White now is whether his shoulder needs surgery or complete rest, and the only way to find out was to send him home to team doctors.