"He's close," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I'm not sure if he's quite there yet, but I would suspect he'll have to go out and get some at-bats [in a Minor League rehab] and get sharp again."
• Right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor has allowed one run and three hits over three innings his first three relief appearances for Triple-A Tacoma as he works his way back from last season's biceps surgery.
"I wouldn't say he's close [to rejoining the Mariners], but his velocity is steadily climbing," McClendon said. "He's getting better."
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