Mike Zunino to begin rehab assignment

<p > <p >SEATTLE -- The sick list for the Mariners continues to thin.</p ><p >Plans call for catcher <span >Mike Zunino</span > to begin a Minor League rehab assignment Monday at Class A Advanced Modesto. It's the next step in his recovery from a strained left oblique muscle that surfaced just prior to Opening Day.</p > <code data-tlink="https://www.mlb.com/gameday/529635&quot; > <span >View Full Game Coverage</span > </code > </p ><p > <p >SEATTLE -- The sick list for the Mariners continues to thin.</p ><p >Plans call for catcher <span >Mike Zunino</span > to begin a Minor League rehab assignment Monday at Class A Advanced Modesto. It's the next step in his recovery from a strained left oblique muscle that surfaced just prior to Opening Day.</p > <code data-tlink="https://www.mlb.com/gameday/529635&quot; > <span >View Full Game Coverage</span > </code > <p >"I'm really close," Zunino said. "I think I'm ready now. I've had a couple of days of full swings in batting practice, but they're just being really cautious."</p ><p >In this case, "really cautious" means at least two or three rehab games.</p ><p >"Probably catch five or six innings [in the first game]," manager Scott Servais said. "DH [the second game], and then come back and catch eight or nine innings. We'll see where we're at, at that point."</p ><p >Club officials chose Modesto because the Nuts are at home for the next three days against Stockton (Athletics).</p ><p >If all goes well, Zunino could return to active duty next weekend when the Mariners embark on a three-city trip.</p ><p >His return should provide another power bat to a lineup that, entering Sunday, was already averaging 5.08 runs per game. Zunino had 25 homers and 64 RBIs last season while batting .251 in 124 games.</p ><p >The Mariners, in Zunino's absence, are using two rookie catchers, <span >Mike Marjama</span > and <span >David Freitas</span >. Entering Sunday, they were batting a combined .186 with no homers or RBIs.</p ><p >"I think they've done very well [defensively]," Servais said. "By design, we haven't played one guy a ton more than the other. One of the guys will have to go down, but whichever one goes down, it could be a fluid situation.</p ><p >"You could flip it in a few weeks. We'll have to wait and see. I don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves."</p ><p >The Mariners got a boost Saturday when designated hitter <span >Nelson Cruz</span > returned from the disabled list and the club is expected to activate outfielder <span >Ben Gamel</span > perhaps as soon as Tuesday.</p ><p ><b >Iwakuma update</b ></p ><p >Veteran right-hander <span >Hisashi Iwakuma</span > showed no day-after problems following Saturday's bullpen workout and could be ready to start a rehab assignment within the next few weeks in his recovery from shoulder surgery.</p ><p >"We're still very optimistic that he'll help us at some point," Servais said. "The next step is he's going to face some hitters in a live-BP situation. Maybe once or twice doing that, and then start the rehab."</p ><p >Iwakuma, 37, underwent surgery on Sept. 27 after spending much of the year in a rest-and-rehab program that failed to correct the problem. He made just six starts last season before an ailing shoulder forced him to the disabled list in early May.</p ><p >The Mariners retained Iwakuma, a free agent after last season, by signing him to a Minor League contract. He is 63-39 with a 3.42 ERA over the last six seasons with the Mariners after an 11-year career in Japan.</p > <p > <p ><b >Bob Dutton</b > is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle.</p > </p > </p >

SEATTLE -- The sick list for the Mariners continues to thin.

Plans call for catcher Mike Zunino to begin a Minor League rehab assignment Monday at Class A Advanced Modesto. It's the next step in his recovery from a strained left oblique muscle that surfaced just prior to Opening Day.

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SEATTLE -- The sick list for the Mariners continues to thin.

Plans call for catcher Mike Zunino to begin a Minor League rehab assignment Monday at Class A Advanced Modesto. It's the next step in his recovery from a strained left oblique muscle that surfaced just prior to Opening Day.

View Full Game Coverage

"I'm really close," Zunino said. "I think I'm ready now. I've had a couple of days of full swings in batting practice, but they're just being really cautious."

In this case,...

SEATTLE -- The sick list for the Mariners continues to thin. Plans call for catcher Mike Zunino to begin a Minor League rehab assignment Monday at Class A Advanced Modesto. It's the next step in his recovery from a strained left oblique muscle that surfaced just prior to Opening Day.

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