Vincent to DL
Right-handed reliever Nick Vincent replaced lefty starter Wade Miley on the disabled list.
The Mariners placed Vincent on the DL prior to Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh because of a mid-back strain. The move is retroactive to Monday and cleared space on the active roster for Miley, who then started against the Pirates.
Vincent, 29, sported a wrap around his midsection following Tuesday’s victory over Pittsburgh. He traced the problem to pitching 22⁄ innings — his 3 longest outing in more than three years — on June 15 at Tampa Bay.
“I came in the next day,” Vincent said, “and it was just real stiff. I could deal with that. But then it started gradually spreading to along the ribs. It didn’t feel worse, but it spread to different areas.
“It’s one thing, and I don’t want it to lead to another thing.
Vincent is 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 35 games but has allowed four runs, including three homers, in 51⁄ innings 3 in five games since that extended outing at Tampa Bay.
“He tried to pitch through it,” manager Scott Servais said. “He is a tough guy. He’s taken the ball every time we’ve asked him to. He agreed this was probably the best thing for him to do, and for our club, right now.”
Vincent said his recovery plan calls for no throwing for five days.
“I thought it would go away,” he said, “but it hasn’t gone away. So I talked with Jerry (Dipoto) and the trainers, and we decided to take off for two weeks. Get it better and be back and ready for the second half.”
Miley, 29, returned to active duty for the first time since an in impingement in his shoulder forced him to the disabled list after a June 12 start against Texas. He entered Wednesday’s start at 6-3 with a 5.28 ERA in 13 starts.
Karns on new role
Right-hander Nathan Karns, one day after being demoted to the bullpen, chose to look on the positive side.
“I have another opportunity,” he said, “to stay in this locker room and help contribute to wins. An opportunity to stay here and contribute is how I’m taking it.
“I can’t be disappointed. I put myself in that situation. I’ve always been told, `If you don’t like it, play better.’ I’m going to try to do whatever they ask me to the best of my ability.”
Karns lost his job after a five-start stretch in which he failed to pitch past the fifth inning while allowing 19 runs on 26 hits and 17 walks over 231⁄ 3 innings. He is 6-2 with a 4.56 ERA overall is 15 starts.
The Mariners open a four-game series against the Orioles at 7:10 p.m. Thursday at Safeco Field.
Right-hander Taijuan Walker (3-6 with a 3.45 ERA) returns to the Mariners’ rotation after missing one turn because of tendinitis in his right foot. Baltimore will start right-hander Chris Tillman (10-1, 3.52).