"I think the only reason we have the option to do this is because of the off-days," McClendon said. "I can move it around and try to get the best matchup, who we think is possible to give us the best chance to win ball games. I'm not saying Elias won't pitch, I'm saying I haven't made up my mind."
Elias has made three starts since the Mariners recalled him from Triple-A Tacoma on April 26. He is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in those starts, but McClendon has liked what he's seen from the southpaw.
"Elias has had three starts and deserved to win all three," McClendon said. "We just didn't support him."
Josh Liebeskind is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.