On July 30, Steve Cishek sat with 25 saves and a 2.74 ERA -- great numbers following a poor 2015 season. He brought his strikeout rate back up to the excellent levels of previous years and restored his control to spin his lowest ERA since 2013. Unfortunately, after Cishek endured a few bad games and a trip to the disabled list, Edwin Diaz took the closer job for the rest of the year. The M's will almost certainly stick with Diaz heading into 2017 especially after Cishek underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, which jeopardizes his availability for spring training and even Opening Day. Still, in deep fantasy drafts, it may not be a bad idea to use a throwaway pick on Cishek for at least helpful reliever stats -- and for the remote possibility that the talented but raw Diaz pitches himself out of closer opportunities.
Cishek (hip) is still recovering from offseason surgery and appears to be a "long shot" to be ready for Opening Day, Bbo Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. "Steve is not out to playing catch too far yet," manager Scott Servais said. "He needs to get his legs underneath him and get his lower half working. He's just getting into that." The Mariners will have their first official workout for pitchers Wednesday, but Cishek won't be included among the group and looks like he's multiple weeks away from even throwing off a mound, as Servais indicated he's only recently begun loss tossing. The reliever required microfracture surgery on his hip in October and doesn't seem to be behind in his recovery, but the severity of the procedure nonetheless figures to delay his start to the season. A healthy Cishek was expected to challenge for a role as the top setup man to closer Edwin Diaz, but Nick Vincent now looks like the leading contender for those duties.
Cishek, who underwent left hip surgery on Oct. 12, stated that although microfracture surgery was needed to repair his torn labrum, reports that he is "feeling well" heading into spring training, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Cishek reports that his hip ailment was little more serious than had initially been expected, as evidenced by the microfracture procedure that was ultimately required. However, the 30-year-old reliever, while likely to be out a bit longer than first projected due to the complexity of the procedure, reports that he is on the road to recovery as workouts begin. Originally expected to be ready for Opening Day, Cishek's 2017 debut will almost certainly come a bit later, currently leaving Nick Vincent as the top setup option behind closer Edwin Diaz.
Cishek (hip) has begun a light throwing program, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Cishek underwent surgery Oct. 12 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, and Mariners assistant trainer Rob Nodine confirmed the righty has begun a very light throwing program. He is expected to be slightly behind schedule on his 4-6 month recovery time, but will likely operate as the setup man for Edwin Diaz once he is healthy.
Cishek (hip) is expected to begin pitching by April, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Cishek underwent surgery on Oct. 12 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. It is possible that he will begin the season with a minor league rehab assignment or in extended spring training. With Edwin Diaz securing the Mariners' closer role, it is possible that Cishek will operate in a set-up capacity once healthy.
Cishek underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. It's unclear how the injury was sustained, but this is not good news for Cishek or the Mariners. The reliever won't be able to resume baseball activities for 4-to-6 months, which could put his availability for spring training and potentially Opening Day in question. His exact return date will likely become clearer as his rehab process progresses.