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Mariners to stick with struggling Chris Young in rotation

Sep 4, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT

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Chris Young has struggled over his last two starts, which has led to some conversation about him potentially being pulled from the Mariners’ starting rotation, but manager Lloyd McClendon told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune earlier today that the veteran right-hander will take his next scheduled turn Saturday against the Rangers.

With a 3.46 ERA in 151 innings over 26 starts and one relief appearance, Young has been a pleasant surprise for Seattle this season, but the concern is that he could be wearing down with his biggest workload since 2007. He has allowed eight runs on 11 hits and seven walks in 4 1/3 innings over his last two starts. However, McClendon plans to give him at least one more chance.

“The ball came out good,” McClendon said. “He’s healthy. We had a conversation today, and he’s ready to go. It was a combination of what I saw and what we talked about.”

If Young gets knocked around again Saturday, the Mariners have Taijuan Walker and Erasmo Ramirez at the ready as potential replacements.

  1. pyleketerson - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    His season numbers back up this decision.

    • Detroit Michael - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Exactly. The concern should be that his road to success didn’t seem very sustainable even before the rough stretch.

  2. O.Handwasher - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Erasmo would be a good substitute if the idea was to still get knocked around.

    • thisdamnbox - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Please, no…for all that is good and decent in this world, no Erasmo Ramirez! He’s as unpredictable as a manic depressive on a binge…

  3. 7ftgriff - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Taijuan Walker looked good the other Day, plus there’s not a lot of miles on that arm this year.

    I know it’s hard to trust a young kid in a playoff run, but I make that move.

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