Danny 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.
Danny Hultzen (shoulder) was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, the Seattle Times reports.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, he is out of options and coming of a 2015 season plagued by shoulder issues, so it's not much of a surprise that the lefty went unclaimed on waivers. Hultzen will remain in the Seattle Mariners ' organization at least through 2017, after which he can become a minor league free agent if he's not on the 40-man roster.
Danny Hultzen was designated for assignment on Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Hultzen was out of options, so this move doesn't really come as much of a surprise. He'll likely pass through waivers unclaimed and be sent outright to the minors, where he will look to rehab his oft-injured shoulder.
Hultzen was shut down twice this season with shoulder fatigue. He'll be out of options next season, so he'll have to make the MLB club out of spring training.
The decision likely ends Hultzen's season.
Hultzen has been trying to recover from shoulder surgery. He was pitching simulated innings at extended spring training in Arizona, but the shoulder didn't feel right. The team hopes he'll be ready to pitch in the fall league.
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