Seattle Mariners Notes: Team Removes Edwin Diaz As Closer

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

It's tough to expect the guy to come right off the disabled list and into the closer's role, especially when the team announced before the game that Edwin Diaz would be removed from role for now to work on his mechanics. Here's to hoping the Mariners are able to get their staff healthy and ready to go as soon as possible, and that Diaz solves his issues and can return to his closer role. We know what he can do when he is right.

Last year, Diaz posted a 40.6 percent strikeout rate, a 6.9 percent walk rate and gave up just five home runs. "He's got a great arm", Servais said, via Christian Caple of the Tacoma News Tribune. Just a few hours after Diaz lost his job, the Mariners handed Cishek a 5-4 ninth-inning advantage, one which he nearly immediately squandered.

"I know I'm not pitching good right now", he said. "But right now, it's probably not going to be the ninth inning". We're going to need him. Pazos and Rzepczynski could be replacements for Edwin Diaz; however, the two have not been used often in high leverage situations. Servais identified the sixth and seventh innings for Diaz to work.

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"A lot of things have happened this year on the injury front and this is another one", Seattle manager Scott Servais said. Servais said a committee will be responsible for the ninth inning, including Tony Zych, Nick Vincent, Steve Cishek and Marc Rzepczynski all as options. He was 0-4 with a 2.79 ERA last season in 49 games and had 18 saves in 21 chances after becoming the closer in August.

Diaz zoomed through the ranks to become Seattle's closer last season. He's already walked 10 batters this season.

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