Worth noting

Felix Hernandez's career ERA of 2.54 in 45 April starts is the lowest of any Major League pitcher in that month since 1946, just ahead of the 2.55 of Fernando Valenzuela and Chris Bosio.

Logan Morrison isn't eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list until April 30, but the outfielder/designated hitter hit in a simulated game against Hisashi Iwakuma on Tuesday and is recovering from a hamstring strain that sidelined him the past week.

"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."

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.