News and Notes

J.J. Putz leaves with an injury, as Brandon Morrow returns to pick up his first save in a Mariner victory. Plus, a quick recap of the night in the minors.

INSIDE PITCH

The Mariners probably won't know the status of closer J.J. Putz until Friday.

Putz had to come out of Wednesday's game at Toronto in the ninth inning after 10 pitches, including a walk.

On a 1-1 pitch to center fielder Vernon Wells that was strike two, Putz felt some discomfort in his elbow. After talking it over with manager John McLaren and trainer Rob Nodine, Putz came out of the game.

He is expected to see medical specialists in Seattle on Thursday or Friday.

Putz was already having difficulty before Wednesday -- he came into the game with a 2-3 record, three blown saves and a 5.22 ERA.

Right-hander Brandon Morrow, who finished up for Putz to earn his first big-league save, probably will be the closer in the short term if Putz is forced to miss any significant amount of time.

MARINERS 2, BLUE JAYS 1: LF Raul Ibanez, who drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth with a two-out single, made a running catch on the warning track to close out the win for Seattle.

Toronto 1B Lyle Overbay, batting with two out and a man on first, hit a rocket off RHP Brandon Morrow, but the ball didn't carry over the wall in Rogers Centre as Seattle beat the Blue Jays in a series for the first time since 2002.

RHP Felix Hernandez dominated the Jays for eight innings, allowing four hits, one walk, eight strikeouts and one unearned run. He turned the ball over in the ninth to RHP J.J. Putz, but after Putz left the game with an elbow injury, Morrow struck out CF Vernon Wells and DH Mat Stairs before Overbay's unsuccessful bid to rally the Jays.

NOTES, QUOTES

--RHP J.J. Putz will have his right elbow checked out by the Mariners' medical crew Thursday and Friday. Putz made just 10 pitches in relief in the ninth inning before feeling discomfort in his elbow, forcing him out of the game. Putz opted not to talk about the injury until he knows just what the problem is.

--RHP Brandon Morrow, who wasn't available to pitch in the first four games of the road trip because of shoulder soreness, closed out the final two games in Toronto, including getting his first professional save Wednesday by retiring all three men he faced with the tying run on base. With RHP J.J. Putz having his sore elbow looked at, Morrow didn't get the usually obligatory shaving cream pie in the face that goes to a Seattle reliever for his first save or win.

--RHP Felix Hernandez has come off a five-game losing streak in dominating fashion, winning three in a row without allowing an earned run. Hernandez has thrown 21 innings allowing just one unearned run in his last three starts to get his record back to .500 at 5-5. He called his changeup Wednesday "unbelievable."

--SS Yuniesky Betancourt delivered a game-tying triple in the seventh with two out, putting the Mariners in position for a 2-1 win. Betancourt said it "might be" his biggest hit of the season.

--CF Ichiro Suzuki set up the tying run with his 27th and 28th steals of the season. Those temporarily moved Ichiro into a tie with Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury for the American League lead in steals. Ichiro has stolen at least one base in 18 of his last 37 games.

BY THE NUMBERS: 29 -- Other MLB teams with a bunt single before the Mariners finally joined the rest of baseball with a bunt for a hit. CF Ichiro Suzuki had a bunt single June 7 against the Red Sox, the first for the Mariners this year.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This is an ongoing process. At this point, we're just not getting it done." -- Manager John McLaren.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

RHP J.J. Putz (sore right elbow) left the June 11 game. He will be examined June 12 or June 13.

RHP Anderson Garcia (right shoulder tendinitis) opened the season on the 15-day disabled list. He restarted a rehab assignment with Class A High Desert on May 19.

RF Mike Morse (dislocated left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list April 14. He had shoulder surgery April 22 and probably won't play again this season.

MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

Salt Lake 7, Tacoma 5

Tug Hulett: 2-5, R; Matt Tuiasosopo: 2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI; Prentice Redman: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR (3), RBI; Sean White: 5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; Shoemaker: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R

West Tenn 3, Chattanooga 1

Brent Johnson: 3-4, R; Adam Moore: 2-3, R, 2B; Matt Mangini: 1-4, 2 RBI; Matt Ketchner: W (5-2), 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, BB, 2 K; Brodie Downs: 2.1 IP, H, BB, 2 K; Mumba Rivera: SV (11), 1 IP, H

High Desert 5, Rancho Cucamonga 1

Chris Minaker: 2-4, R, 2 2B; Leury Bonilla: 2-4; Carlos Peguero: 1-3, R, RBI; Anderson Garcia: 4 IP, H, 2 BB, K; Michael Wagner: 2.1 IP, H, ER, 3 K; David Asher: W (3-1), 0.2 IP, H, 2 K; Aaron Cotter: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Burlington 11, Wisconsin 6

Joe Dunigan: 3-4, R; Edilio Colina: 2-5, 2 RBI; Alex Liddi: 2-4, R, 3B, RBI; Maximo Mendez: 1-5, 2 R, RBI; Juan Ramirez: L (3-5), 3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR; Michael Pineda: 0.2 IP, H, 2 BB, K; Justin Souza: 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 K, HR


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