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Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2009-05-04

Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2009-05-04
Brandon Morrow was stunned to find out Saturday he'd been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Mariners.

Morrow, the team's closer, came to Safeco Field expecting to be the closer, if needed, against Oakland.

Instead, he found that the Mariners are still concerned about his right shoulder tightness and put him on the DL retroactive for a week. He won't be able to pitch for Seattle until Saturday at the earliest.

Manager Don Wakamatsu heard what Morrow had to say, but he didn't seem upset with Morrow or concerned that the club had made the wrong decision.

"We think it's better to be proactive with it and give him a few more days to get him back to feeling better," Wakamatsu said. "He's on the mend already, but this is safer for him. Since he hasn't been able to get into a game (in about a week), we are going to have him throw a bullpen session and seen how he reacts."

Morrow will throw bullpen sessions every other day until being reactivated Saturday.

Morrow has a history of early-season shoulder soreness, but he didn't think it was that big a deal. But Wakamatsu and general manager Jack Zduriencik were in different organizations last year and weren't around to see how he got through it.

"I was available the last two games of the Anaheim series, the entire Chicago series and last night," Morrow said after getting the word. "I didn't want to go on the disabled list. I told them I'm ready to pitch. We talked about it (Friday) night) and the decision was made before I got here (Saturday). My argument is that I went through this last year and after four or five days I was fine for the rest of the year. I understand that this is for my safety, but I'm frustrated."

MARINERS 8, A's 7 (15 innings): Down by three runs twice, including in the 13th inning, the Mariners rallied time and again, ultimately scoring the win on 2B Jose Lopez's bloop single to left-center.

Oakland appeared to have the game won when the A's scored three times in the 13th on a two-run double by C Landon Powell and a subsequent single by SS Orlando Cabrera.

However, the Mariners have spent the first four weeks of the season successfully playing comeback baseball, and they did it again after loading the bases against LHP Geo Gonzalez. C Kenji Johjima, whose homer in the ninth forced extra innings, walked to drive in the first run of the 13th and SS Yuniesky Betancourt cut the deficit to one with a run-scoring grounder. That left it up to RF Ichiro Suzuki to single with two out and a full count to tie the game once more.

In the 15th, with Friday starter LHP Dana Eveland now pitching for Oakland, Franklin Gutierrez opened with a single. Betancourt tried to bunt him along, but when Eveland fielded the ball, his throw to second base sailed into center field, putting runners at the corners. The A's intentionally walked Ichiro before Lopez's soft fly ball fell untouched.

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