Seattle Mariners lefty reliever Charlie Furbush has been on the disabled list since early July with biceps tendinitis, but Friday, news from Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune broke that revealed he will likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
Furbush has a slight tear in his rotator cuff, which will keep the lefty reliever on the shelf for the season.
The southpaw was one of the Mariners’ best relievers in 2015, posting some solid numbers in 21 2/3 innings. He has a 2.09 ERA with 17 strikeouts compared to just five walks so far in 2015.
Furbush was nearing a return and flirted with throwing a bullpen or two, but he felt some soreness which meant another MRI that led to the news of the tear.
The lefty came over from the Tigers in 2011 and was originally a starter or long reliever. Over the past few years, Furbush has made a name for himself Seattle’s bullpen as he has been one of the most reliable lefty options.
The Mariners have Furbush under team control through 2017 and will be arbitration-eligible for the second straight year this upcoming off-season. He is earning $1.3 million in 2015.
With Seattle so far out of the playoff picture at this point, there is no real reason to push him back into action with the tear in the shoulder.
The Mariners also had to put veteran lefty reliever Joe Beimel on the DL earlier this week with shoulder inflammation after some over usage, which gives manager Lloyd McClendon a few less options out of the bullpen.