Tony Zych came into 2016 with sleeper hype as the Mariners' potential closer. Unfortunately, he tanked when he was on the mound, which wasn't often considering he was placed on the disabled list in May with rotator cuff tendinitis and was later optioned to Triple-A. He underwent a right shoulder biceps tendon transfer surgery in October. He's expected to start spring training on time, but probably won't begin the season in any position to have consistent fantasy value. Edwin Diaz has the closer spot all but on lockdown, and Zych must surpass several more reliable back-end bullpen arms. The Mariners may even take it easy with him to preserve his shoulder. If all goes well in his rehab and he regains the high-90s average velocity on his fastball, he'll re-enter the consciousness of save speculators. In his first two partial seasons, Zych has maintained a 50 percent groundball rate. Combining those traits would help him meet his elite upside. Don't lose track of him if he can shake the injury bug.
Zych, who pitched a clean eighth inning in Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Marlins and recorded a strikeout, has now fired 1.1 scoreless frames over his first two appearances following his return from biceps tendon transfer surgery. The 26-year-old righty gave up one hit over one-third of an inning against the Rangers on Sunday, an outing in which he threw only four pitches. He stretched out a bit Tuesday with a solid 11-pitch frame in which he impressively set down Giancarlo Stanton -- Zych's first strikeout of the season -- along with Justin Bour and Marcell Ozuna. Zych has been impressive in a pair of brief stints with the Mariners over the last two seasons, generating a 45:13 K:BB over just 32 innings.
Zych (biceps) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday. The 26-year-old underwent surgery on his biceps back in October, but after a long and arduous process, Zych is ready to return to action. It's a little surprising that he'll head to Seattle, as prior reports stated that he'd likely begin the season in the minors, but he'll likely play a relatively small role in the big leagues nonetheless. To make room for him in the Mariners bullpen, Dillon Overton was sent back to Triple-A Tacoma.
Zych (biceps) tossed one inning during a rehab appearance Sunday with Triple-A Tacoma, conceding three hits, including a three-run homer, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. With Zych getting touched up a bit in his second rehab appearance with Tacoma, it doesn't look like the Mariners are eager to activate him from the 10-day disabled list just yet. Manager Scott Servais noted that Zych feels fine physically, but he'll likely need to turn in a couple quality outings in the minors before the organization feels comfortable moving him back to the big leagues.
Zych (biceps) will start and pitch one inning for Triple-A Tacoma on Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Zych required biceps tendon transfer surgery at the end of last season and had his spring training debut pushed back as a result. He's nearing major-league readiness, and if he shows well in his rehab appearances, he could join the major-league club shortly.
Zych (biceps) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday. Although Zych was recently able to get back on the mound after undergoing biceps tendon transfer surgery, he's still not quite ready to pitch at the big-league level. Zych figures to start the season in the minors.
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