Seattle transferred Edwards (forearm) on the 45-day injured list Thursday.
While Edwards is expected to avoid Tommy John surgery after he was diagnosed earlier this month with a flexor mass strain in his elbow, his move to the 45-day IL indicates that his recovery timeline will extend through the end of the season. Edwards will be entering his third year of arbitration this winter, so the Mariners will likely monitor his recovery carefully before determining if he's worth keeping around on the 40-man roster into the 2021 campaign.
Edwards (forearm) is only expected to miss a couple of weeks, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
After Edwards was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday, manager Scott Servais said that he has a strain in his flexor mass in his elbow that isn't considered serious. The right-hander is only expected to miss a couple of weeks, but that absence will be more significant during the 60-game season in 2020. However, the team expects him to return before the end of the season.
Edwards was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain Monday.
Edwards has been dominant for the Mariners this season and picked up his first save of 2020 during his most recent appearance, but he'll now be sidelined for several games. The move is retroactive to Friday, so the right-hander would be eligible to return in the middle of next week, but it's unclear whether he'll be able to do so. Bryan Shaw was recalled from alternate camp in a corresponding move, and Taylor Williams could have more ninth-inning opportunities in Edwards' absence.
Edwards notched his first save of the season Wednesday against the Angels. He tossed a scoreless inning, striking out two.
Edwards has looked impressive to start the season, tossing four straight scoreless appearances while fanning six in 3.2 innings across that stretch. It remains to be seen if he will handle the closer role on a permanent basis moving forward, but he should remain one of Seattle's main relievers for the foreseeable future.
Edwards, who fired a scoreless sixth inning during which he allowed a hit and recorded two strikeouts in a win over the Astros on Sunday, has been impressing manager Scott Servais with his stuff since summer camp began, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "C.J.'s stuff has really started to come back," Servais said. "The last couple outings you've seen the velocity come and he's got good late movement to his fastball. We're going to need him. He's one of the guys with some experience in our bullpen. It's nice to see the ball coming out his hand good again."
The 28-year-old arrived in Seattle looking to put an utterly forgettable 2019 behind him, a season he finished with an 8.47 ERA and 1.47 WHIP across 22 appearances with the Cubs and Padres. Sunday's ultra-efficient outing -- one in which he threw eight of 11 pitches for strikes while mowing down Martin Maldonado and Jose Altuve on swinging strikeouts -- was preceded by an Opening Night appearance in which the one hit and run he allowed came on a Carlos Correa flyball that Jose Marmolejos lost sight of in left field. Edwards use for an inning apiece in two of the first three games of the season would seem to bode well for his overall volume expectations, considering he proved capable of handling a heavy workload during multiple seasons with the Cubs earlier in his career.
Edwards is likely to secure an Opening Day roster spot in the Mariners' bullpen despite posting a 9.00 ERA across six Cactus League appearances before spring training was suspended, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The hard-throwing right-hander entered camp looking to redeem himself after a disastrous 2019 in which he generated an 8.47 ERA and 1.47 WHIP across 22 appearances with the Cubs and Padres. Prior to that season-long hiccup, Edwards was one of baseball's most effective seventh- and eighth-inning options, posting sub-3.00 ERAs and a combined 48 holds during the 2017 and 2018 campaigns in Chicago. This spring, Edwards eliminated some tweaks he'd made to his delivery prior to last season that clearly proved ineffective; although those corrections haven't paid immediate dividends, the upside he offers based on his past body of work certainly boosts his job prospects.
Edwards has worked on his mechanics this offseason in an effort to rediscover his electric fastball, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Edwards recalls messing with his mechanics early last season by adding a pause in his pitching motion to try to improve his command. This adjustment proved to be unsuccessful as the 28-year-old finished 2019 with a 8.47 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 19:13 K:BB across only 17 major-league innings with the Cubs and Padres. After signing with Mariners in late November the right-hander told reporters, "I just have to go back to simplifying things and making everything better". Seattle's manager Scott Servais expects to pitch his newly-acquired reliever in some higher-leverage spots and has already complimented the combination of velocity and movement on his pitches. Edwards will look to improve a Mariners' bullpen that finished 22nd in the league with a 4.76 ERA last season.
Edwards signed with the Mariners on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Edwards will receive $950,000 and could earn an additional $500,000 in incentives. The 28-year-old broke into the league with a 3.06 ERA over his first four seasons with the Cubs but struggled to an awful 8.47 ERA in 17 innings in 2019. The good version of Edwards could become the closer for a Mariners team which lacks an obvious ninth-inning option, but the bad version will struggle to stay in the league.
Edwards (shoulder) cleared waivers and became a free agent Monday.
Edwards will be in search of a new club over the offseason after posting an ugly 8.47 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 17 innings this season across stops in Chicago and San Diego. He was sidelined Aug. 13 due to a right shoulder strain but should be ready to go for spring training.
Edwards was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a right shoulder strain.
Edwards made his first two appearances with the Padres over the past two days and allowed six runs on four hits and four walks over 1.2 innings, and the shoulder injury could help explain part of his struggles. Robbie Erlin was recalled from Triple-A El Paso to fill out the Friars' bullpen.
Edwards pitched one inning against Colorado on Sunday, surrendering two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one.
Edwards' debut in San Diego looked a lot like his body of work with the Cubs this season as he opened the ninth inning by issuing a pair of walks before giving up consecutive run-scoring singles. He was able to retire the next three hitters without allowing another run, but his shaky performance is unlikely to inspire much confidence in his new club. Edwards now sports a 6.61 ERA and 1.29 WHIP this season along with an 18:11 K:BB through 16.1 innings.
Edwards was recalled by the Padres on Sunday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The hard-throwing righty wore out his welcome in Chicago and was traded at the deadline in exchange for Brad Wieck. Walks have always been an issue for Edwards (career 13.6 percent walk rate), and so far this year, he's really struggled with the long ball. Edwards will get another chance in the majors, replacing Gerardo Reyes on the active roster, but he will likely start near the bottom of the Padres' bullpen pecking order.
Edwards was traded from the Cubs to the Padres on Wednesday in exchange for Brad Wieck, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Edwards has struggled to a 5.87 ERA in 15.1 innings with the Cubs this season, but the Padres are hoping a change of scenery will help the right-hander rediscover the form from his first four years as a big-leaguer (3.06 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 217:87 K:BB in 159 innings). The 27-year-old should report to Triple-A El Paso for now, though he figures to join the big-league bullpen down the stretch.
The Cubs optioned Edwards to Triple-A Iowa on Monday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
After missing more than a month with a back injury, Edwards rejoined the Cubs over the weekend and made his first appearance with the big club since June 9 in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Padres. The right-hander was unable to get the job done in relief, retiring only one of the four batters he faced in the 17-pitch appearance. The Cubs haven't announced a replacement for Edwards on the active roster, but reliever Rowan Wick is expected to be recalled from Iowa in a corresponding move.
Edwards (back) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
Edwards has been sidelined since suffering a back injury in late May, but he's ready to rejoin the Cubs after a four-game rehab stint at Triple-A Iowa. The 27-year-old had six straight scoreless appearances before landing on the IL, but he still has a 5.40 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 17:8 K:BB this season.
Edwards (back) will remain with Triple-A Iowa on his rehab assignment after the All-Star break, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Edwards began the rehab assignment last Monday and will stay at Triple-A for another outing or two to help him "sharpen" up. The 27-year-old appeared to find some consistency prior to suffering the back strain with 5.1 scoreless innings over his last six outings.
Edwards (back) will join Triple-A Iowa on Monday for a rehab assignment, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Edwards threw bullpen sessions Wednesday and Saturday to clear the way for his rehab stint. The right-hander moved to the injured list in mid-June with a left thoracic strain and appeared to find his groove on the mound prior to the injury with one unearned run allowed over his last 7.2 innings.
Edwards (back) completed a bullpen session Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, Edwards checked out fine upon being re-evaluated Thursday and is slated to throw again Saturday. Edwards has been on the shelf since June 13 after being diagnosed with a left thoracic strain. If he can advance to facing hitters by early next week, he'll have a chance at making it back from the 10-day injured list before the All-Star break.
Edwards (back) threw from 120 feet Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Edwards continues to slowly work his way back from a left thoracic strain that has kept him sidelined since June 10. Barring setbacks, the right-hander should be cleared to resume mound work in the near future, at which point a timetable for his return could become clearer.
Edwards was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left thoracic strain, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Edwards apparently reported the soreness earlier in the week, which helps explain why he hasn't appeared in a game since Sunday. The severity of the issue is not yet known, leaving the reliever without a timetable for his return. Prior to suffering the injury, the right-hander had compiled a 2.03 ERA and 15:3 K:BB in 13.1 innings since returning from the minors at the beginning of May. Tim Collins was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take his place on the roster.
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