Cishek was charged with his first blown save of the season in Tuesday's loss to the A's. He gave up three runs on two hits (including a home run) and one walk in one-third of an inning. Thrust into a save situation in just his second appearance of the season, Cishek gave up a single and the go-ahead home run to the first two batters he faced. The Mariners are expected to mix and match in the later innings while Edwin Diaz works through some mechanical issues in lower-leverage spots, and while Cishek's closing experience seemed to give him a leg up on his competition, this performance may have set him back. Nick Vincent, Tony Zych, Marc Rzepczynski, and even Dan Altavilla and James Pazos, could be factors in the back-end mix as well.
Cishek could see save chances with Edwin Diaz removed from the closer role Tuesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Manager Scott Servais has decided that Diaz needs a break from closing to work on his mechanics. The expectation is that the Mariners will mix and match in the later innings until Diaz gets right, using a combination of Cishek, Nick Vincent, Tony Zych and Marc Rzepczynski at the back end of the bullpen. While Cishek has made just one appearance this season -- he opened the year on the DL following offseason hip surgery -- his experience closing games (120 career saves) may give him the edge in this new committee.
Cishek (hip) made his 2017 debut in Monday's 6-5 win over the Athletics, getting one out in the eighth inning. The veteran made his long-awaited debut and retired Khris Davis with a groundout on four pitches. Cishek's return is a welcome one, and given young closer Edwin Diaz's uneven performances, the former could potentially see some save opportunities as he stretches out and the season unfolds.
Cishek (hip) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday. Cishek has yet to appear in the big leagues this season after undergoing offseason hip surgery, but after a brief rehab stint, it seems like all systems are go for the 30-year-old. Last season, Cishek posted a 2.81 ERA with 25 saves for the Mariners, and he'll look to carry that success into a setup role behind incumbent closer Edwin Diaz. To make room for him on the active roster, Zac Curtis was sent down to Double-A Arkansas.
Cishek (hip) fired a scoreless inning in Triple-A Tacoma's 8-2 win over Round Rock on Thursday, walking one and striking out two. He was credited with the victory. Cishek made a successful return to the mound after taking time off to work on his mechanics. He threw a total of 16 pitches, the most he'd logged in game action since an April 23 appearance. The former closer might notch just one more minor-league outing before potentially returning to the big-league club next week.
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