Furbush Headed Back to See Doctors, Paxton Ready For Sim Game


The Mariners bullpen has imploded in 2015. Carson Smith has been a bright spot. Mark Lowe was a bright spot until he was traded to the Blue Jays. And Charlie Furbush was a bright spot until he went on the disabled list on July 9th.

And it doesn’t look like Furbush will be back soon…Not good news for the M’s and their depleted bullpen.

Furbush went on the DL with tendinitis and was expected to be back by late July, but after a bullpen in Boston didn’t go well on Saturday, Furbush is headed back to Seattle to meet with team physicians.

“His bullpen did not go well,” manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday. “We decided to send him back and let the doctor do his thing, evaluate, and we should know more on Wednesday.” That quote and others were taken from a Greg Johns article on Mariners.com.

“It just didn’t get any better,” McClendon said. “He’s hit a block in the road, so to speak.”

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Furbush, 29, is a key component to the Mariners ‘pen. He has a 2.08 ERA and has stranded all 16 inherited runners. Opponents are hitting just .122 against him.

In the rotation, James Paxton has been out since the end of May. He appears ready to throw a simulated game on Tuesday and could rejoin the M’s rotation in early September if all goes well. The Mariners pitching staff has taken a beating this season, and getting both guys back could be a major relief.

Go M’s!

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