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Stephen Pryor suffers "lat" strain

Stephen Pryor became the latest injury casualty for the Mariners. The hard-throwing reliever left Sunday’s game in the seventh inning with tightness in the lattismus dorsi (lat) under his right-arm.

The Mariners medical staff’s preliminary diagnosis is a strain.

“We have to see how wakes up and how he feels tomorrow and evaluate him then,” Wedge said.

Pryor said he felt tightness under his arm pit in his second inning of work. It got progressively worse and after getting Nelson Cruz to pop out to right, he motioned for the Wedge and the Mariners’ training staff.

“It feels like a cramp is the best way to describe it,” Pryor said. “It was the last couple pitches to (Lance) Berkman and it progressively got worse as I faced Cruz.”

Pryor is hoping it isn’t serious. He said of the tightness had actually subsided since he left the game.

“I don’t believe so,” he said if it would keep him out for a while. “I guess we’ll find out.”

It would be a tough loss for the Mariners bullpen. Pryor has been outstanding this season, not allowing a run in seven appearances and striking out seven batters in 7 1/3 innings.

“With the off day, we don’t have to make any decisions tonight, so we’ll give it some time,” Wedge said. “He’s been outstanding. He was outstanding again today. If we do lose him for a period of time, that would be tough. But it’s a part of the game and someone else will have to step up.”