Hultzen (shoulder) was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday, MLB.com reports. Hultzen competed for a big league job this spring, but his pursuit was slowed by a shoulder injury that will keep him on the sidelines a while longer, and this move confirms that he will not break camp with the big club. His season figures to begin with Triple-A Tacoma.
Hultzen (shoulder) is "going to be down for a while," per manager Scott Servais, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Hultzen suffered a setback earlier in the week, and it now appears the situation could be a bit more severe than initially anticipated. Servais noted that the team is still considering its options with regard to Hultzen, but for now it seems unlikely that Hultzen will be taking the mound in a spring game any time soon.
Hultzen is dealing with soreness in his throwing shoulder and will be shut down for a few days, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports. Hultzen suffered what was termed "a little setback," but this is concerning given that his 2015 season came to a close due to a left shoulder injury. It's not clear when he will be ready to pitch next, but expect the Mariners to release an update on his status at some point in the next few days.
Hultzen is expected to make his spring training debut early next week, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports. The Mariners have put Hultzen on a "go-slow" program and are being cautious with him due to his history of shoulder injuries. The former second overall pick has only pitched in 29 games since 2012 as a result of his injuries and will look to save his career in 2016 by staying healthy and transitioning into a reliever. He appears to be too much of a risk to be a viable fantasy option this season.
Hultzen (shoulder) will report to spring training as a reliever, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. All 35 of Hultzen's professional appearances to this point have come as a starter, but with the lefty coming off yet another season plagued by shoulder issues, the team has decided to transition him to a full-time relief role. Hultzen, the second overall pick in 2011, was designated for assignment last month, went unclaimed on waivers, and was then outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma.