Ray released to make room for Hultzen

Ray released to make room for Hultzen

Ray released to make room for Hultzen
SEATTLE -- Mariners reliever Chris Ray was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list, but after he played catch for the first time on Monday, the Mariners released him to make room on the 40-man roster for newly signed top Draft pick Danny Hultzen.

Ray strained a muscle behind his right shoulder late last month and is just now beginning to throw again.

Ray had plenty of company in the training room, as Brendan Ryan (strained left shoulder), Chone Figgins (strained right hip flexor) and Justin Smoak (fractured nose and cheek) are also on the 15-day DL.

Figgins is eligible to return Wednesday, and Ryan on Friday. Manager Eric Wedge said both will go with the team on its upcoming road trip, which begins Friday in Tampa, and decisions will be made after that.

Ryan said Monday he hopes to be ready when his DL time expires, but he's yet to begin fielding ground balls or swinging the bat. For now he can only run ... and fret.

"I try not to sit down," the hyperactive shortstop said. "I'm in the pool, eating food, running the bases. Somewhere in motion."

Veteran infielder Adam Kennedy is not on the disabled list, but he has played just once in the past five games and will likely be held out at least until Wednesday as he tries to rest a sore left heel.

"I'm just giving him some more time," Wedge said. "He'd go out there and play in a second if I put him in there, but we need to do the smart thing by him. He's been a trooper for us all year, now we need to take care of him a little bit."