Hultzen missed the 2014 season due to major shoulder surgery. He is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts this season. He has eight strikeouts and five walks in eight innings.
Hultzen made his season debut May 1 for Double-A Jackson, throwing 3 1/3 innings. He was skipped the next time through the rotation, with his next start likely coming May 11.
“I still want to be cautious,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “We’re not going to rush him. We’re not going to push him. He won’t go more than four innings for a little bit.
“We may even decide to have him only go three (innings) a couple of times just to get him into a routine on the mound.”
"It was awesome," Hultzen said per MLB.com. "I've been looking forward to that day for a really long time. I did my best just to calm down and have fun and enjoy it. Sitting out for so long, you get the itch really easily. You miss being out there."
Hultzen, the second overall-pick in 2011, is working his way back from shoulder surgery in October 2013. His biggest priority for the rest of his rehab assignment will be to stay healthy.
"I've never been too much on velocity," he said. "That's been a little down, but I'm just real happy to be pitching again. If I'm throwing 85 [mph], I'm going to figure out how to get people out. I'm not too concerned about it. I'm happy that I'm out there playing again."
Hultzen had offseason shoulder surgery and has been playing in extended spring training games to build up his arm strength.
Hultzen is still working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery in 2013 and made just one appearance in spring training. He will be assigned to a minor league team and be placed on the minor-league disabled list with Seattle once he's healthy enough, according to the report.
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