SEATTLE — Right-handed reliever Nick Vincent was supposed to throw 25 pitches in a routine bullpen session on Monday in front of Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr.
He didn’t make it through 14 before they agreed to shut him down.
Vincent is on the 10-day disabled list with a groin strain and was close to beginning a rehab assignment (one would have sufficed for him to return to the Mariners). But Monday’s setback means he might not throw off a mound again until later this weekend.
“He has to build up to where he can be comfortable throwing a 20-25 pitch bullpen,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “He still felt it pushing off the rubber. He’s fine on the flat ground and a little different when he gets up on the rubber. We are just slowing him down a bit before the rehab assignment.”
So what does this mean for the Mariners’ bullpen?
They’re already without right-hander Juan Nicasio, who headed to the disabled list Friday with swelling in his knee. And right-hander Dan Altavilla is far from throwing because of a Grade 1 flexor mass strain after first feeling something in it while trying to warm up in Houston last week.
Servais said, though, that the swelling has subsided in Nicasio’s knee, though they don’t have a definite time or date when he’ll get on a mound next.
Scott Hunter, the Mariners’ director of amateur scouting, announced Tuesday that the team has agreed to contract terms with 29 of its 40 selections from the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
The signees include seven of Seattle’s top 10 selections, headlined by second-round pick Josh Stowers, an outfielder from Louisville.
Contract specifics were not disclosed, and the team also didn’t specify where signed players would be sent to begin their professional careers.
The Mariners typically send at least some of their draftees to play for the Everett AquaSox, their short season Class A affiliate.
Seattle also signed second-rounder Josh Stowers, fourth-rounder Michael Plassmeyer, fifth-rounder Nolan Hoffman, sixth-rounder Joey O’Brien, seventh-rounder Jake Anchia, eighth-rounder Joey Gerber and 10th-rounder Matt Sanders.
Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto announced Tuesday that outfielder Eric Filia will be heading to the Boston Red Sox as the player to be named later in the April 23 deal that brought left-hander Roenis Elias back to the Mariners.
Filia, 25, began the season in Double-A Arkansas on May 30 following a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
Filia was drafted in the 20th round out of UCLA in 2016, and sparkled for Everett, batting .362 with 46 RBI in 68 games for the AquaSox. He hit .326 with 59 RBI in 128 games for High-A Modesto last season, and was batting .426 with 14 RBI in his 13 games with the Travelers.