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M's notes: Pryor shut down for season

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By Ryan Divish
The News Tribune
BALTIMORE -- The hope of bullpen reinforcement took a serious hit for the Seattle Mariners on Monday. General manager Jack Zduriencik announced that hard-throwing reliever Stephen Pryor is being shut down for the season with an injury to his triceps muscle.
Pryor, who has been on some form of the disabled list since April 15 with a torn latissmus dorsi muscle, was rehabbing the injury with Class AAA Tacoma when he felt pain in the triceps of his throwing arm while warming up on Friday. The Rainiers scratched him from his outing. He had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on the arm on Saturday and Mariners team doctor Edward Khalfayan and the training staff reviewed the results.
"They didn't like what they saw," Zduriencik said. "He'll be reevaluated and we'll look through this thing further because it's really unusual. Rather than go into anymore detail, Ed is going to talk to a couple different people about the injury he just had. He's worked really hard, but it is where it is and he won't pitch the rest of the year."
Zduriencik wouldn't say if there was a tear in the triceps or what the recovery aspect will be. The Mariners are waiting for more details.
"There is something there and they need to look a little further into it," Zduriencik said. "Ed wants to talk to a couple people that are really good at this. Ed is good himself, but just talk to people that have been through similar type of injuries to this. Details to follow."
Pryor made seven appearances, pitching 71/3 innings and not allowing a run.
Wedge won't return this week
Mariners manager Eric Wedge likely won't be back managing the team during the upcoming homestand as he continues to recover from a minor stroke. Zduriencik said last week that Wedge hoped to be back for Monday's game at Safeco Field against the Toronto Blue Jays.
But the Mariners have decided to give him another week to recover.
"I don't think Eric will be with us this week," Zduriencik said. "I know he has a couple appointments ongoing. He's got something midweek where he's going to sit down with doctors. He's doing well. I talk to him every day and he sounds normal and he's excited to get back here. He wants to get back. His anxiousness to get back here in the dugout is one thing, but this is a life-long health issue for him."
Zduriencik doesn't want Wedge to come back too soon and then have health issues arise and have to miss time again.
"When he gets back managing this club, we want him to be here," he said. "The stress of a ballgame, the length of time a manager has to put in and the way he is -- he comes early and leaves late -- from our standpoint, they just need to sign off and say you're 100 percent ready to go so we don't have a bump in the road where he's out here 3-4 days and then has to take a step back. That's not fair to Eric or fair to the ballclub."
Zduriencik hopes the doctors' appointments that Wedge has this week will give them a better idea of a return.
"I'll know more in the middle of the week and Eric will as well," he said. "I'm anxious to get together with him as soon as I get back home and talk to him and see how he feels and we'll address it at that time. But when he comes back, we want him to come back full-time and complete."
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