Description: Mariners LF/1B Logan Morrison should probably get Monday off based on his current cold streak and his poor matchup with Texas starter Yovani Gallardo. Update: Morrison is getting the night off.
Insight: Morrison is hitting .159 this season through 17 games and he's a career 1-for16 (.063) with five strikeouts versus Gallardo.
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz is a career 5-for-5 with two home runs versus Texas starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Sure the sample size is miniscule, but at the very least he'll be confident and added to his monster start should make him a must start for fantasy owners. Cruz is batting .310 with nine homers and 20 RBI in 18 games this season.
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is finally starting to find a groove this season.
Insight: Many fantasy owners have complained about Cano's slow start, but he does have hits in eight straight games. Cano is also a .423 career hitter with five RBI versus Astros Roberto Hernandez, so Cano is doing just fine.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the dramatic, 11-10, comeback victory over the Rangers on Sunday.
Insight: Seattle fell behind, 10-5, in the sixth, but Seager's RBI-single in the seventh began the comeback. Seager also singled in the eighth to score two more runs. Nelson Cruz completed the comeback with a walkoff single in the ninth.
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz hit a pair of bombs and a walkoff single as Seattle defeated Texas in the bottom of the ninth, 11-10, on Sunday.
Insight: So much for not being able to hit homers at Safeco Field. Until Sunday, all six of Cruz's home runs were on the road, but apparently Cruz is so hot, it doesn't matter what ballpark he is hitting in. Cruz finished 3-for-6 with five RBI and two runs in addition to the bombs. He hit his home runs in the first and third innings. Then, his third hit came with the bases loaded in the ninth, and it scored the game-winning run. Cruz is the hottest hitter in the league as he leads baseball with eight home runs while batting .354 with 14 RBI.
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz registered his first hit with the Mariners on Tuesday.
Insight: Cruz had one of the two hits Seattle recorded versus the Angels as the Mariners lost, 2-0. Cruz was 1-for-3 in the shutout loss. He will probably not hit 40 homers again, but Cruz is a decent option at left field.
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is a power-hitting catcher, but he hasn't had much success against Monday's pitcher, Jered Weaver.
Insight: Zunino is just 1-of-13 with five strikeouts versus Weaver. Zunino's 22 homers of a season ago came with a .199 batting average and 158 strikeouts, so for fantasy owners he's an all-or-nothing type of hitter. Monday is likely the nothing.
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma gave up four runs in five innings versus the Giants on Saturday.
Insight: Iwakuma could have been a bit rusty as he hadn't pitched in a week and a half. Iwakuma should improve upon his numbers from last season: 3.52 ERA, 154 strikeouts versus just 21 walks in 179 innings, so owners shouldn't let this start both them.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager hit a solo home run versus Giants starter Jake Peavy on Saturday.
Insight: Seager is hitting .300 with three home runs and 10 RBI this month after signing a huge contract extension in the offseason. Owners should not sleep on Seager, who is coming off a career-best season in 2014 when he hit 25 home runs with 96 RBI.
Description: Seattle DH/OF Nelson Cruz began his Cactus League season by belting a two-run homer Thursday versus San Diego.
Insight: Cruz leaves hitter-friendly Baltimore for pitcher-friendly Seattle and will be hard-pressed to match last season's 40 homer output, but simply being in the lineup should help Robinson Cano and the top of the Mariners order.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton is scheduled to throw in the bullpen Tuesday, according to beat writer Bob Dutton.
Insight: Paxton had fallen and injured his forearm and has been taking his time returning. He should be ready for the season and could be a viable fantasy starter. He went 6-4 last season with a 3.04 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 13 starts, but has huge upside with his 94 mph fastball.
Description: Seattle shortstop Chris Taylor will have to beat out Brad Miller in spring training if he wants to be the starter.
Insight: Neither figures to be anywhere near the top of the order. Miller batted .221 with 10 HR, 36 RBI and a .653 OPS in 367 at-bats last season, Taylor hit .287 with no homers, nine RBI and a .692 OPS in 136 at-bats. Taylor is thought to be the better fielder.
Description: Mariners shortstops Brad Miller and Chris Taylor will compete for the starting job, according to manager Lloyd McClendon.
Insight: Neither figures to be anywhere near the top of the order. Miller batted .221 with 10 HR, 36 RBI and a .653 OPS in 367 at-bats, Taylor hit .287 with no homers, nine RBI and a .692 OPS in 136 at-bats. Taylor is thought to be the better fielder.
Description: Former Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks has apparently agreed to a deal with Seattle, according to Jim Bowden.
Insight: Weeks is expected to play outfield as well as second base, something he balked at for Milwaukee. he hit .274 with eight homers, 29 RBI and an .809 OPS in 252 at-bats last season. He's hit as many as 29 HR in a season and could be a fill-in fantasy option.
Description: Mariners trainer Rick Griffin told the Seattle Times that Jesus Montero has his weight down to 235 pounds which is his recommended weight.
Insight: The Tacoma News Tribune reported Montero played at 275 pounds towards the end of last season. Perhaps he was motivated to lose some weight after a scout sent Montero an ice cream cone in the dugout of a Triple-A game last summer. Montero threw the ice cream back at the scout, and the team suspended him for the final weeks of the season. He is talented, but Montero is still not fantasy relevant.
Description: Former Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz has signed a four-year deal with Seattle
Insight: Cruz will leave hitter-friendly Baltimore for Seattle and will be hard-pressed to match last season's 40 homer output. He'll likely bat clean up and protect Robinson Cano in the Mariners lineup.
Description: Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that pitching prospect Danny Hultzen "should be" 100 percent for spring training according to MLB.com.
Insight: Hultzen is making his way back from rotator cuff surgery and threw his third and final instructional league outing Tuesday. He will be shut down until spring training. Hultzen was the No. 2 overall pick in 2011.
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will need to bounce back from the worst start of his career in order for Seattle to make the playoffs.
Insight: Seattle won and Oakland lost on Saturday as the Mariners stayed alive in the wild card chase. The Mariners send King Felix to the mound after he gave up eight runs to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Hernandez told mynorthwest.com that he has put the game behind him and that he is going to "Keep fighting, it won't happen again." We wouldn't count on two rough starts in a row from King Felix.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton pitched five 2/3 innings and allowed one run in a no-decision against the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Paxton had a horrible start in his last outing, giving up eight earned runs in less than three innings, so this was a big bounce-back game for him. He finishes the regular season 6-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts. Paxton missed most of the first four months with a strained lat.
Description: Mariners LF/1B Logan Morrison went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and walk to help keep Seattle alive for the final wild card spot with a 2-1 extra-inning victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Seattle will need to beat Los Angeles again on Sunday and hope Oakland loses to Texas in order to force a one-game playoff. The Mariners will start their ace Felix Hernandez. Morrison is hitting .259 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 332 at-bats this season.
Description: Mariners closer Fernando Rodney finishes day for Seattle's bullpen.
Insight: Nine relievers combined for the win against the Blue Jays, with Danny Farquhar getting the victory. Rodney did allow one run, but struck out two. He now has 47 saves on the year, with a 2.80 ERA. Elite stats from the closer position.
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker takes tough-luck loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Insight: In a must-win game for Seattle, Walker did his part. The only run he let up in eight innings of work was a two-out bloop RBI double (came in the 8th inning) to Ryan Goins. Walker falls to 2-3 on the year with a healthy 2.61 ERA.
Description: The Blue Jays tagged Mariners starter Felix Hernandez for eight runs on seven hits in four 2/3 innings on Tuesday.
Insight: It was easily Hernandez's worst start of the season. The Mariners ace gave up fewer runs in all of June and all of July. Despite the loss, Hernandez is still 14-6 with a 2.34 ERA but has not won a game since Sept. 3.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager hit his 25th home run of the season on Monday in the Mariners loss to the Blue Jays.
Insight: Seager went 1-for-4 with two RBI. The homer was a solo shot in the sixth and Seager added an RBI on a grounder in the eighth. Seager is hitting .273 with 94 RBI in addition to the 25 homers this year.
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma continues to struggle badly.
Insight: Before today's start, Iwakuma was 1-2 with a 9.69 ERA over his past three outings. Today was not much better as he lasted only 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and raising his ERA to 3.54. Iwakuma did manage eight strikeouts, but it was not enough as Seattle fell.
Description: Mariners righty Chris Young was knocked around in Saturday's loss to Houston.
Insight: He lasted only three innings, giving up a dreadful seven earned runs. Still, Young has been a pleasant surprise for Seattle this season. He heads into his next start with a 12-9 record and a 3.65 ERA.
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano has a .395 lifetime batting average against Angels pitcher Jered Weaver.
Insight: Cano is 15-for-38 off Weaver, but only has one extra-base hit (a triple). His power numbers are also down in his first year with Seattle as he has just 14 homers. Cano, however, is batting .319 with 34 doubles, 77 RBI and 76 runs.
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker will start on Friday against the Astros.
Insight: He is starting in place of Roenis Elias, who is likely done for the year with elbow issues. Walker has pitched 24 1/3 innings in three starts and three relief appearances and has a 2.96 ERA this season. He is a worthy flier on Friday.
Description: Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias left Tuesday's start against the Angels with left elbow stiffness according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Elias allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while also allowing a leadoff single in the fourth before leaving with his injury. Seattle will likely update his status on Wednesday, but don't count on the rookie for any more innings this year.
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma has been solid all season, but has been on the downswing throughout his past three starts.
Insight: While he has managed two wins over his three previous starts, Iwakuma's overall numbers have not been good during that span (2-1, 5.74 ERA). With the Mariners heading to Los Angeles to take on the Angels, it would not be the worst idea to keep Iwakuma on your bench, with him going up against such a potent lineup.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is a career .308 hitter with two home runs against Athletics pitcher Jon Lester.
Insight: Seager does not have a hit in a week, so it is tough to plug him into the lineup right now. Hopefully he turns it around with a matchup he has had success with in the past. Seager is batting .272 with 23 home runs and 88 RBI this year.
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley was out of the Mariners' lineup Monday against the Astros and is questionable for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Ackley (.251, 11 HR, 60 RBI, 60 runs) left Saturday's game with a left ankle injury and did not return. He has not played since then. Given that he's 0-for-7 with five strikeouts against scheduled starter Collin McHugh, I'd expect he'll get another day off.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is 6-for-16 (.375) with a double and home run in his career against Astros starter Brad Peacock.
Insight: Seager has been hitting the ball well lately, going 3-for-5 on Saturday and 3-for-4 last Wednesday. In the first week of September, Seager hit .385 with three home runs. With the recent hot streak and favorable matchup, he is a must-start on Monday.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went 3-for-5, hitting a two-run home run, as the Mariners beat the Rangers, 4-2, on Saturday.
Insight: The home run was Seager's 23rd of the season, which is a new career high. Seager's 88 RBI is also a career high. The first baseman did have a chance to put the game out of reach but grounded into a double play in the top of the ninth. In the eighth, Seager appeared to jam his ankle trying to round third base, but he finished the game. We will continue to monitor the situation.
Description: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller went 4-for-4 with a double and stole a base against the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: Miller's stats will not impress anyone (.215, 10 home runs, 33 RBI) , but he has been hitting better over the last couple weeks. Since Aug. 31, he has gone 9-for-18, and Miller hit a respectable .273 in August. Miller has only played in 107 games though so the bigger question might be how much playing time he gets these last three weeks.
Description: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed Thursday that pitcher Chris Young will remain in the starting rotation, according to The Tacoma News Tribune, despite two straight bad starts.
Insight: Young pitched just two-thirds of an inning on Monday and three and 2/3 innings last week, allowing eight combined runs in the two starts. It is nice McClendon is sticking with his veteran down the stretch, but fantasy owners should look elsewhere for their starters.
Description: Mariners starter Felix Hernandez out-dueled Jon Lester Wednesday afternoon to earn his 14th win of the season
Insight: The matchup figured to be a low-scoring affair and it was. Hernandez went eight innings yielding just three hits and one run. Fantasy owners can't complain about King Felix's production this season going 14-5 with a 2.18 ERA. He continues to be a top-five fantasy pitcher and now with the improvements to Seattle's lineup can even win his fair share of games.
Description: Seattle starter Chris Young has allowed 11 hits, seven walks and eight earned runs in his last 4 1/3 innings.
Insight: Young has had a great comeback season, going 12-7 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 151 innings, but he may be running out of gas. He's also trying to keep his ERA in the threes even though his FIP is 4.74.
Description: Mainers first baseman Justin Smoak has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Insight: Smoak was hitting well in the minors, .337 with 40 RBI in 56 games and a .924 OPS, but he hasn't been able to carry that success to the major league level. With the Mariners in a pennant race he probably won't get many opportunities to help fantasy owners.
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Insight: The 21-year-old Walker has a 3.60 ERA, but control issues keep him from being a every fifth day option. He's walked 13 in 15 innings this season. It's unknown how the Mariners will use him the rest of the way.
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI against the Nationals on Sunday.
Insight: Ackley continues hitting well as he has batted .314/.348/.532 since the All-Star break. He also has six home runs and 27 RBI in that time, which is already nearly more than he had in the first half in almost double the amount of games.
Description: Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon announced Friday that Chris Young will have his next start moved back from Saturday to Monday according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
Insight: McClendon apparently wants Young to have a few extra days rest before his next start. Young has had a tremdenous year but struggled in his last start allowing three runs in three and 2/3 innings. Roenis Elias will start in Young's place on Saturday. Young is 12-6 with a 3.17 ERA this year.
Description: Mariners designated hitter Jesus Montero will not return this season as Seattle is shutting him down for the remainder of 2014.
Insight: Mariners beat writer Bob Dutton reports the club wants to address Montero's non-baseball issues the rest of the year. On Thursday, Montero attempted to contront a team scout in the crowd of a Class-A Everett game for poking fun at his lack of hustle. Allegedly, the scout sent an ice cream sandwich into the dugout for Montero. The DH is extremely talented and only 24, but Seattle will not promote him back to the big leagues until he learns to control his temper.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) against Rangers starter Colby Lewis.
Insight: Seager is hitting .357 with four runs and two RBI in his last four games. He also has a steal. This year, Seager is hitting .275 with 19 home runs and 80 RBI, which is second among third baseman in the league.
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson is a career .417 hitter (10-for-24) with four extra-base hits against Rangers starter Colby Lewis
Insight: Jackson takes a seven-game hitting streak into Wednesday's game. In the series against the Rangers, the center fielder is 2-for-8 with a triple and run scored. Jackson is hitting .266 with 65 runs and 13 steals this year.
Description: Mariners starter Felix Hernandez' next start has been pushed back from Wednesday to Friday, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: He'll start against the Nationals instead of the Rangers. The Mariners will likely start either Erasmo Ramirez or Taijuan Walker on Wednesday. Hernandez suffered a hip injury on Aug. 16 when he was hit by a comebacker and he's lasted less than six innings in two straight starts.
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is in the lineup Monday against Texas.
Insight: Cano left Sunday's game with dizziness and said he feels like he has the flu. However, he's ready to go and he has a favorable matchup against right-hander Miles Mikolas (7.48 ERA in 49 1/3 IP).
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano left Sunday's game due to dizziness according to Greg Johnson of mlb.com
Insight: Cano will be evaluated by a doctor and we should know more after the game. Despite a low home run total, Cano has been a solid contributor with a .328 batting average, 11 HR, 70 RBI and 66 runs scored.
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four hits and had an 11/0 K/BB over eight scoreless innings Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Iwakuma has allowed a total of two runs on 19 hits over 29 1/3 innings this month (0.61 ERA). He's 12-6 with a 2.57 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and 120 Ks in 147 innings despite missing all of April with a finger injury.
Description: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Felix Hernandez' hip is fine and he'll make his next start Friday against Boston.
Insight: Hernandez took a one-hopper off his hip Saturday against the Tigers and he left after five innings. He had thrown 16 straight starts of seven or more innings and two runs or less allowed, an MLB record.
Description: Seattle right-hander Chris Young allowed just four useless hits over six innings en route to his 12th win of the season.
Insight: Young's career revival continues. He didn't pitch in 2013, but at 12-6 is one of the biggest pitching surprises of the year. After today's effort his ERA is down to 3.07and he's won four of his last five starts.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton won his first game since April 8 Friday at Detroit.
Insight: Paxton threw six innings and allowed one run on five hits with two Ks. The 25-year-old left-hander missed nearly four months with lat and shoulder injuries but is 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and a 24/6 K/BB in 28 2/3 innings on the year. He should be added in all leagues.
Description: Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Jackson came in with a .400 average in 45 career at-bats against White Sox starter John Danks and he didn't disappoint fantasy owners who rolled with him Sunday. The center fielder is 10-for-36 (.277) since he joined the Mariners.
Description: Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been recalled to start Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Ramirez struck out 10 batters and allowed two runs over seven innings in his last appearance on July 22. He's started five games in the big leagues since June 9 and posted a 1.33 ERA over 27 innings but also walked 18 batters in that span. The right-hander will be sent back down after the game because Seattle won't need a fifth starter for a while.
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is a .462 hitter in his career against White Sox starter John Danks, going 6-for-13 with two doubles and a homer.
Insight: Cano is one lefty batter who has no trouble with same-handed pitchers. He has just nine homers this season, but he's made up for it by hitting .332 with 64 RBI and 57 runs. Cano hit .307 or better in May, June and July and he's hitting .385 in August.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (lat, shoulder) has been activated and will start Saturday at Baltimore.
Insight: The young left-hander went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and he began experiencing shoulder inflammation in May. Paxton went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP in his first two starts this season and should be added in all leagues.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is 1-for-14 (.071) against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Seager has had a very good and consistent season, posting an OPS of at least .791 in all four months to date, but he has beem much better at home and this matchup in Baltimore should be avoided.
Description: Austin Jackson is heading to the Mariners as part of a three-team trade between Seattle, Detroit and Tampa Bay.
Insight: Mariners' center fielders have the lowest OPS in baseball this season so Jackson will be a big upgrade, but he'll be more valuable to Seattle than fantasy owners even though he's batted .361 with 13 extra-base hits in his last 24 games. He'll have fewer run scoring opportunities with the Mariners and doesn't offer many homers or steals.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is 6-for-14 (.429) with three doubles against Cleveland's Zach McAllister.
Insight: Seager has had a very good season, hitting .281 with 45 extra-base hits (16 HR), 67 RBI and an .834 OPS. He's hit .305 with a .900 OPS the past 85 games after struggling the first three weeks of the season.
Description: Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders (oblique) took batting practice Wednesday, according to mlb.com. He could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.
Insight: He went on the disabled list with a strained oblique on July 11 after spending a couple weeks on the DL in June with a shoulder injury. Saunders will return to a .276 average, six homers, 28 RBI, 31 runs, three steals and a .761 OPS in 196 at-bats.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (lat, shoulder) is expected to start Saturday at Baltimore, according to mlb.com.
Insight: The young left-hander went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and he began experiencing shoulder inflammation in May. Paxton went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP in his first two starts this season and should be added in all leagues.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (shoulder) made what is expected to be his final rehab start Sunday, going 4 1/3 IP at Tacoma )PCL)
Insight: The young left-hander went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and is expected to return to the mound against Baltimore Saturday. Paxton has a quality fastball topping out at around 95 mph and was 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 0.667 WHIP when he last pitched. If available you should add him to your roster.
Description: Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias gave up one run and struck out six over five innings Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Elias' first three starts of July were miserable. He allowed 11 earned runs over 8 1/3 innings in the first two and left his last start with a forearm cramp. The Cuban rookie has a 4.31 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 110 Ks in 123 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-5 Sunday and has gone 27-for-72 (.375) in July.
Insight: Ackley hasn't homered since May 11 and has just four homers, 32 RBI, 37 runs and three steals in 315 at-bats this season. While he's mashed this month, he's also driven in just five runs and scored seven in that span.
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker allowed just two hits in five innings Wednesday against the Mets, but he walked six batters and hit Ruben Tejada in the head with a pitch.
Insight: Walker allowed two runs and struck out five in the loss. The prospect was demoted back to Triple-A after the game. With James Paxton expected back in early August and Erasmo Ramirez coming off a great start, it may be a while until Walker gets another chance with the Mariners. This will likely go down as a lost season for the 21-year-old, who missed the first two and a half months with shoulder inflammation.
Description: Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez made a strong bid to keep the fifth spot in the rotation with 10 Ks over seven innings (5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB) Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Ramirez has posted a 1.33 ERA in 27 innings over his last five starts, but he's walked 18 batters during that span. Taijuan Walker, who will start Wednesday, is also an option for the No. 5 spot. However, James Paxton is expected to return in early August so both Walker and Ramirez could be out of luck.
Description: The Mariners plan to recall Taijuan Walker for Wednesday's start. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Seattle pushed back Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez one day each, so they need a spot starter Wednesday and Walker was on schedule to start Wednesday for Triple-A. If he pitches well, the prospect could remain in the rotation ahead of Erasmo Ramirez, who will start Tuesday in the fifth rotation spot. However, James Paxton (lat) is nearing his return and could take that spot.
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was out of Sunday's lineup with hamstring tightness, but is probable for Monday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: The second baseman has batted .414 in July. Cano has batted .335 average with 57 RBI, 49 runs and seven steals this season. Fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned by the leg injury except that he may not steal bases for a while.
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is out of Sunday's lineup with hamstring tightness.
Insight: Cano has made up for his lack of power (7 HR) with a .335 average, 57 RBI, 49 runs and seven steals this season. He's dealt with the hamstring injury sporadically this season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned. The second baseman has batted .414 in July.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session Saturday, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Paxton will make a rehab start Tuesday if he gets through the bullpen without an issue. The young left-hander went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and began experiencing shoulder inflammation near the end of May.
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker's next start for Triple-A Tacoma has been pushed back from Thursday to Friday, which knocks him off schedule to reclaim the fifth starter spot Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: "Taijuan just needs a little more time," Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said. "He got up here this year, fairly quick (after completing his rehab from a shoulder injury). That was, more or less, out of necessity. What we'd like to do is have Taijuan get a few more games under his belt." This is a frustrating development for fantasy owners who waited patiently for Walker to make his 2014 debut on June 30 after he missed the entire season to that point with shoulder inflammation.
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker has been optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.
Insight: Walker has allowed four runs and walked seven batters in 10 innings so far after missing the entire season due to a shoulder injury. He'll probably be back with the Mariners shortly after the All-Star break. If he makes two starts for Tacoma he'll be on track to start Seattle's sixth game of the second half.
Description: Seattle right-hander Chris Young allowed two solo homers but didn't give up another hit or run to the Astros in seven innings Wednesday. The right-hander also struck out a season-high eight batters.
Insight: Young's career revival continues. He's gone 8-4 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 98 1/3 innings this season. He didn't pitch in the majors last year and hasn't thrown more than 115 innings since 2007. He'll have to continue to defy his fielding-independent numbers (4.99 FIP) if he's going to keep this up.
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) gave up three runs on five hits over six innings in his 2014 debut Monday at Houston.
Insight: Walker missed the entire season to this point with a shoulder injury. He gave up a mammoth two-run homer to George Springer in the first inning and a solo shot to Marwin Gonzalez in the second, but he settled down for the next four innings. Walker is one of the top prospects in the game and should be owned in all leagues.
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) is expected to start on Monday versus Houston.
Insight: Fantasy owners have waited a long time for Walker to be fully healthy and the time is now. Facing the Astros, who rank 26th in scoring at just 3.73 rpg, is one of the better ways to return to the hill. Make sure he's activated and in Monday's starting lineup.
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has a .375 average, four doubles and a homer in 32 at-bats against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Buchholz has a 7.02 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP in 50 innings this season and is making his first start since May 26 after spending a month on the DL with a hyperextended knee. Cano (.329, 4 HR, 43 RBI) should have a nice day Wednesday.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager tormented the Red Sox with a double, a homer and four RBI Tuesday night to lead Seattle to its fifth straight win.
Insight: Seager hit just .156 with zero homers in his first 19 games of the year, but he's batted .291 with 11 home runs, 51 RBI and an .897 OPS in 56 games since then. Due to the early cold streak, Seager is still hitting .260 with an .804 OPS, so he can likely be had in a trade for less than he's actually worth.
Description: Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias gave up one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Royals Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Elias has allowed two runs on eight hits in 13 2/3 innings his last two starts after giving up 10 runs on 11 hits in 11 innings his previous two. Armed with one of the best curveballs in the majors, the rookie has gone 7-5 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP this season.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is just 1-for-10 against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Seager is hitting a very productive .249 with 10 homers and 47 RBI, but he's not been very good on the road (.197) or against left-handers (.229). Today he's facing a lefty in Kansas City and should be avoided.
Description: Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias pitched well in Tuesday's victory over the Padres.
Insight: He went seven innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run. Elias (6-5, 3.91 ERA) was pretty bad in his last outing (6 ER in just 3 1/3 innings) so it's good to see him get back on track.
Description: Seattle outfielder Stefen Romero will bat second on Tuesday against Eric Stults and the Padres. Dustin Ackley (3-for-18 last six games) will sit.
Insight: Romero has done little in his first season in the bigs, batting just .195 with three homers and 11 RBI. He's been particularly weak at home, batting .160 with a .450 OPS in front of the hometown fans.
Description: Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison is back in the lineup after cutting his forehead Sunday against Texas. SOURCE: Greg Johns, MLB.com
Insight: Morrison (.135, 1 HR, 2 RBI) broke his bat in anger and a piece came back and hit him in the head. It's an embarrassing moment but fortunately it won't cost Morrison any playing time. He's been filling in at first base for the injured Justin Smoak.
Description: The Mariners have put right fielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day DL. SOURCE: Shannon Drayer, ESPN Seattle
Insight: He's out with a shoulder injury. Jesus Montero has been called up from Triple-A Tacoma to take Saunders' place on the active roster. We're hearing Saunders (.272, 4 HR, 25 RBI) could resume baseball activities later this week so his DL stint shouldn't require more than the minimum 15 days.
Description: Mariners C/DH Jesus Montero was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. Source: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Once an elite prospect, Montero has done nothing but disappoint fantasy owners at the big league level. Still, he was hitting .270/.345/.455 with an .800 OPS in 59 games in the minors before getting the call. During that time, he hit eight home runs, 15 doubles and knocked in 40. If you're struggling at catcher, he could be worth a flyer.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (shoulder) has been playing catch, but manager Lloyd McClendon says he won't be throwing off a mound "anytime soon." SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Paxton went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and began experiencing shoulder inflammation near the end of May. We may not see the young left-hander until after the All-Star break.
Description: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak (quad) is out again Tuesday.
Insight: He hasn't been in the lineup in five of the past six games due to a sore quad. Smoak started the season decently, but his production seems to be dropping with each passing month. He has never produced more than 20 HR or 55 RBI in a season so his fantasy value is limited to a few favorable matchups.
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) has been activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A.
Insight: Walker made three rehab starts with Triple-A Tacoma and is fully healthy after dealing with a shoulder injury since spring training but the Mariners must think he isn't ready to join the rotation yet. He should be called up soon.
Description: Mariners center fielder James Jones has gone 5-for-9 with a triple and two RBI in his last two games.
Insight: Jones raised his average from .269 to .291 in the process. He's scored 19 runs and swiped seven bases in 36 games since he was called up to take over the starting center-field job, but he has just five RBI in that span.
Description: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak will miss another game due to a quad injury.
Insight: He's missed four of the past five games. Smoak started the season decently, but his production seems to be dropping with each passing month. He has never produced more than 20 HR or 55 RBI in a season so his fantasy value is limited to a few favorable matchups.
Description: Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez boosted his Cy Young candidacy with a strong showing Sunday against the Rays.
Insight: Hernandez (8-1, 2.39 ERA) fanned a career-high 15 hitters over seven shutout innings. The Mariners didn't score until the ninth, leaving Hernandez with a no-decision. He's now the league-leader in strikeouts with 106 K's in 98 innings pitched.
Description: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Rays starter Alex Cobb.
Insight: Smoak started the season decently, but his production seems to be dropping with each passing month. He has never produced more than 20 HR or 55 RBI in a season so his fantasy value is limited to a few favorable matchups. This isn't one of them. Update: Smoak is not in the starting lineup.
Description: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Rays starter Alex Cobb.
Insight: Smoak started the season decently, but his production seems to be dropping with each passing month. He has never produced more than 20 HR or 55 RBI in a season so his fantasy value is limited to a few favorable matchups. This isn't one of them.
Description: Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders exited Friday's game with a sore left shoulder. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: He came out in the fourth inning after going hitless in his first two at bats. Cole Gillespie (.343, 0 HR, 2 RBI) is now playing right field with Dustin Ackley (.237, 4 HR, 20 RBI) taking over in left.
Description: Mariners outfielder Logan Morrison continues to rehab his strained right hamstring at Triple-A Tacoma and has played 12 games for the Rainiers.
Insight: Morrison was 3-for-20 before getting hurt in Texas on April 14 but has done a decent job in Tacoma. He's batting .273/.360/.432 with two homers and five runs batted in. Keep an eye out for when he returns as the Mariners' outfield situation seems to be in a constant state of flux.
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) walked four batters over two innings in his rehab start Tuesday night and won't return to the Mariners' rotation yet.
Insight: Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Walker will make at least one more rehab start, "if not more." It's disappointing news for fantasy owners who expected Tuesday's outing to be Walker's final rehab outing, but at least his shoulder is healthy.
Description: Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma held the Braves scoreless in seven innings Wednesday at Turner Field.
Insight: This was a much better outing than Iwakuma's previous start against Detroit (6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB). Iwakuma's next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Yankees. He'll be going up against fellow Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (8-1, 2.06 ERA) in that game.
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano collected three hits Tuesday in a win against Atlanta.
Insight: Cano may have a new address but he's still the same hitter he was in New York. And by that we mean he's one of the best in baseball. Among AL batters, Cano's .333 average this season is second only to Victor Martinez (.338).
Description: The Mariners have sent middle infielder Nick Franklin back to Triple-A.
Insight: Franklin earned the promotion by swinging a red-hot stick at Triple-A, but he went 4-for-31 with 15 Ks after the callup. Mariners shortstops have hit .174 this season, easily the worst average in baseball.
Description: The Mariners haved recalled right-hander Erasmo Ramirez and he's expected to start tonight against Atlanta at Turner Field.
Insight: Ramirez was shaky at best in six starts earlier this season, posting a 6.00 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP and a 24/12 K/BB in 30 innings, while allowing seven home runs. Though he's not a great bet against the Braves, the 24-year-old still possesses fantasy upside if he can figure things out.
Description: Mariners lefty Roenis Elias was sensational Sunday in a shutout win over the Tigers.
Insight: He struck out eight hitters while allowing just three hits and one walk. The Seattle rookie has been impressive this season, winning four of his first 12 starts with a 3.53 ERA. He'll go for Win No. 5 next time out against the Rays.
Description: Mariners starter Chris Young limited the Tigers to two runs on three hits in six inning Saturday night to win his fifth start of the season.
Insight: The 6-foot-10 right-hander's fielding-independent numbers are terrible (30/25 K/BB, 1.42 HR/9), but he has a 3.27 ERA due to a .188 BABIP. He may come crashing down at some point, but he should be owned in all AL-only leagues at the very least until that happens.
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is dealing with a bruise between the thumb and forefinger on his left hand, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Cano had played every game for the Mariners this season before getting scratched Thursday. The Mariners said that he "isn't feeling well," which made it sound like he's dealing with an illness, but apparently the hand injury is what's keeping him out.
Description: Free agent DH/1B Kendrys Morales could be a possibility for the Yankees now that Mark Teixeira is dealing with a wrist injury. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Teams are waiting until after the draft to sign Morales (.277, 23 HR, 80 RBI in 2013) so they won't have to give up a draft pick. Morales owns a .232 average in 56 lifetime at bats at Yankee Stadium.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has hit just .227 with a .610 OPS against left-handers this season and will face Angels LHP C.J. Wilson Wednesday.
Insight: Seager is 3-for-26 (.115) with 13 Ks against Wilson. He has hit .306 with six homers, 27 RBI and a .926 OPS in his last 29 games after starting out with a .156 average and a .499 OPS in his first 19, but he's unlikely to help fantasy owners Wednesday.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton will be shut down for at least 5-7 days due to shoulder inflammation, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
Insight: Paxton, who went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th, was hoping to join Seattle's rotation next week, but he suffered the setback during his last rehab start. The Mariners expected to go into the 2014 season with prospects Taijuan Walker and Paxton behind Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, but Walker and Paxton have made a combined two starts.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton felt tightness in his triceps after his last rehab start and will be examined by a doctor on Tuesday, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Paxton, who went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th, was hoping to join Seattle's rotation next week, but this will set him back. The Mariners expected to go into the 2014 season with prospects Taijuan Walker and Paxton behind Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, but Walker, Paxton and Iwakuma have made a combined seven starts.
Description: Mariners starter Chris Young is 4-2 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP this season.
Insight: He won against the Angels Monday after allowing one run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings. The 6-foot-10 right-hander's fielding-independent numbers are terrible (24/23 K/BB, 1.41 HR/9 in 57 1/3 IP, 5.51 FIP) so he's unlikely to keep this up.
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with two RBI Monday against the Angels.
Insight: Of course, all three hits were singles. Cano has just 14 extra-base hits 215 plate appearances this season, an XBH% of 6.5. He had an extra-base hit in 10.5 percent of his plate appearances over his first nine seasons.
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano hit his second homer of the season Wednesday at Texas.
Insight: Cano has been killing it for the past month, but the power has been missing. He's gone 41-for-111 (.369) with nine doubles, a triple, one home run and 19 RBI in his last 27 games and is hitting .326 this season.
Description: Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma fired eight innings for the third straight start Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Iwakuma threw 99 pitches Tuesday and still hasn't thrown 100 this season. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.76 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP in 30 2/3 innings. He missed April while rehabbing a strained tendon in his middle finger.
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) threw a simulated game Tuesday and didn't have any issues, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Walker has been dealing with shoulder soreness since spring training and suffered a setback on April 15. He'll throw another simulated game in a few days and should be back with the M's in a few weeks.
Description: Seattle DH Corey Hart (strained left hamstring) will miss 4-6 weeks with his injury. SOURCE: Greg Johns, mlb.com.
Insight: Hart left Sunday's game after he suffered the injury on a steal of second base in the fourth inning. He's done very little to excite fantasy owners this season, batting just .209 with five homers and a .647 OPS. With Hart out, Nick Franklin should get a chance to start most days in a utility role after hitting .376 with seven homers, 26 RBI, six steals and a 1.114 OPS at Triple-A.
Description: Seattle DH Corey Hart (strained left hamstring) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 19.
Insight: Hart left Sunday's game after he suffered the injury on a steal of second base in the fourth inning. He's done very little to excite fantasy owners this season, batting just .209 with five homers and a .647 OPS.
Description: M's second baseman Robinson Cano (4-for-5) went on a hitting spree Sunday against the Twins.
Insight: Cano's slow start is now a distant memory. He's gone 14-for-31 (.452) with four extra base hits over his last eight outings. We're still waiting for the power to come back (just one HR in 170 at bats this season) but it's tough to complain when Cano is third among major league second basemen in both batting average (.318) and RBI (24).
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) threw 55 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday and said it went well, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Walker has been dealing with shoulder soreness since spring training and was scratched from what was supposed to be his final rehab start on April 15 due to renewed discomfort. He'll throw a simulated game Tuesday.
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley stroked two homers in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.
Insight: Three of his four jacks this season have come in the last two games. Despite a mediocre .264 batting average, Ackley remains an interesting fantasy option because he still has second base eligibility.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (flu) is questionable for Sunday's game against Kansas City.
Insight: Seager was scratched from Friday and Saturday's lineup due to illness. He has batted .340 with five homers, 17 RBI and a 1.134 OPS in his last 14 games after starting off the season 10-for-64 (.156) with zero homers.
Description: Seattle starter Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Walker was scratched from what was supposed to be his final rehab start on April 15 due to renewed shoulder stiffness and hasn't stepped back on a mound yet. He'll probably need a couple of successful bullpen sessions before he goes back on a rehab assignment.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (flu) is not in the lineup Saturday, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Seager was scratched from Friday's lineup due to an illness and he's not ready to return. He has batted .340 with five homers, 17 RBI and a 1.134 OPS in his last 14 games after starting off the season 10-for-64 (.156) with zero homers.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was scratched from Friday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com. The bug has been going around Seattle's locker room and afflicted Mike Zunino and Felix Hernandez in the past week.
Insight: Seager has batted .340 with five homers, 17 RBI and a 1.134 OPS in his last 14 games after starting off the season 10-for-64 (.156) with zero homers. Willie Bloomquist took his place in the lineup Friday.
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano must be thrilled to be facing Royals left-hander Jason Vargas on Friday.
Insight: Usually left-handed hitters have a tough time batting against southpaws but that hasn't been the case for Cano in this matchup (.450 AVG in 20 at bats). Cano has had a quiet season by his standards (.289, 1 HR, 19 RBI) but he's still a must-start in all fantasy leagues.
Description: M's ace Hisashi Iwakuma (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 7 K's, 0 BB) was dominant Thursday in a win against Kansas City.
Insight: It's been business as usual for Iwakuma (2-0, 2.45 ERA) in his first two starts of 2014. Over that span, he's allowed just ten hits and four earned runs in 14 2/3 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is ten to one during that stretch. Make sure he's in your fantasy lineup Tuesday versus Tampa Bay.
Description: Nick Franklin has batted .369 with six homers and a 1.079 OPS in 21 games for Triple-A Tacoma this season.
Insight: Brad Miller won the starting shortstop job with a hot spring but has hit .178 with 31 strikeouts and a .534 OPS in 29 games this season. Franklin, a former first-round pick, started off well as a rookie last year but struggled in his last couple of months. We may see Franklin get a shot at the starting job if Miller doesn't turn things around soon.
Description: The Orioles could still make a run at free agent DH/1B Kendrys Morales. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: It would make sense, especially now that Chris Davis is out with a strained oblique. Teams have been hesitant to surrender a draft pick for Morales but the Orioles aren't worried about that after already giving up picks for Nelson Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez. Morales hit .277 last season with 23 HR in 156 games for the Mariners.
Description: According to Greg Johns of mlb.com, Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will start Saturday against Houston.
Insight: That's a great team for him to return against and fantasy owners should make sure he's in their lineup. Iwakuma owns a 1.38 ERA in four starts against the Astros. He was diagnosed with a strained tendon in his right middle finger on Feb. 12.
Description: The Mariners will push starter Roenis Elias back to Thursday following Wednesday's rainout.
Insight: The Yankees skipped David Phelps and will start Hiroki Kuroda Thursday, but the M's won't do the same with Elias, who is 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP this season. Felix Hernandez will start Friday at Houston instead of Thursday.
Description: M's catcher Mike Zunino belted four hits in Tuesday's win against the Yankees.
Insight: It's his first career four-hit game. Zunino's first month of the season has been a bit of a mixed bag. He's hitting a respectable .274 with 11 RBI but his strikeout rate is still way too high (22 K's in 73 at bats). Catcher isn't a deep position but fantasy owners can do better.
Description: According to mlb.com, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday that Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will "pitch somewhere Friday" but that he's "not sure where yet."
Insight: Iwakuma, who was diagnosed with a strained tendon in his right middle finger on Feb. 12, was expected to rejoin the M's rotation on Friday and he probably still will, but the team hasn't made it official yet.