Mariners announce surprise starter after scratching Bryan Woo

Bryan Woo has been scratched from his start, and the Mariners have announced a surprise replacement to take his place against the White Sox
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UPDATED AT 3:10 PM - Bryan Woo undergoes MRI on elbow

Update #1 - After Bryan Woo set a team record for the lowest ERA through the first six starts of a season for the Mariners, he's going to miss tonight's game. Before the Scott Servais presser at 3:15, it was revealed that Bryan Woo actually had an MRI on his elbow, and the team was awaiting the results. It flies in the face of the earlier news about him not going on the IL.

UPDATED at 3:25 PM - Woo said arm not feeling great, avoids IL stint

UPDATE #2 - Servais talked to the media at 3:15, and mentioned that Woo wasn't feeling great in between starts, and didn't even throw a bullpen. He came to Scott and staff last night, and let them know he still wasn't feeling right, and they decided to give him a break and schedule the MRI. Scott said he has no current timeline on when Woo will be back in the rotation, but is currently avoiding an IL stint.

Just when things seemed to be going well for Bryan Woo, the Mariners went ahead and gave everyone a scare on a Tuesday afternoon. They announced that Bryan Woo was NOT going to be making his start, and had been scratched from that nights game.

In his place, the Mariners were going to be calling up Jhonathan Diaz. He's the former Angels pitcher who was picked up in the offseason, and has been utterly dominant so far in AAA this year for the Tacoma Rainiers. Through 11 starts, he has posted a 2.98 ERA alongside a 7-1 record, with a 1.161 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.

Jhonathan Diaz is starting in place of Bryan Woo for the Mariners

Diaz brings something to the rotation that the team has actually missed this season... a lefty. Everyone else that has started for the Mariners this season has been right-handed, and it's going to be the first left-handed start by anyone on the team in 2024.