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Midgame updates: Hultzen struggles, injury updates on Carp and Pryor and Eric Wedge video


Tough debut for Danny Hultzen tonight in Colorado Springs. The Mariners prospects struggled with his command and perhaps some nerves, pitching just 3 innings and allowing five runs on five his with five walks, three strikeouts, and a wild pitch. Hultzen threw 81 pitches with just 41 strikes.

Not an ideal start, but it's just one start. In Hultzen's first start in Double A this season, he lasted just four innings and gave up five runs.

Some injury updates ...

The return of outfielder Mike Card and reliever Stephen Pryor from the disabled list won’t be happening anytime soon. Wedge said that Carp, who is battling a sore right throwing shoulder, will hopefully start making a step toward returning to the field soon. Right now, he’s been relefated to rehab work with the training staff.

“Our plan is to reevaluate him on Monday and when we get back and hopefully he can begin some baseball activity this week.”

If that happens, Carp will start with hitting first and then resume throwing after that.

Wedge said that Pryor, who suffered a severe groin strain, is a “little further away” than Carp.

“Hopefully we can use that homestand to see how far he can come along,” Wedge said. “We’d like to see him possibly go out and do something before we head out on the road.”

Wedge didn’t think either player would need to have full 20-day rehab stints once they are cleared to play.

“I think its important for both to go out for at least a little while to knock the rust off,” Wedge said.