OUTSteve Cishek
RP SEA
7 hours ago

Cishek (hip) is scheduled to throw his second bullpen session Sunday as he continues to ramp up his throwing program, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cishek is working his way back from microfracture hip surgery in October, but he is still believed to be weeks away from game action. It might not be until May before Cishek progresses enough to work in the back end of the Seattle bullpen.

OUTSteve Cishek
RP SEA
2 days ago

Cishek threw 22 pitches at approximately 80 percent strength Thursday during his first workout from a mound since October surgery to repair a torn hip labrum, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander is scheduled to log a bullpen session Sunday, though it's expected to take him a few weeks before getting back into game action. Cishek likely won't take the baton as Seattle's top setup man to Edwin Diaz until about one month in the 2017 season, at the earliest.

OUTSteve Cishek
RP SEA
4 days ago

Cishek (hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

EDGE Analysis

Looking to bounce back from October microfracture surgery, Cishek is finally ready for his first bullpen session of the spring. The Mariners haven't provided an estimated return date, but the first few weeks of the season can seemingly be ruled out, with late April or May looking like the more realistic targets. Evan Scribner and Dan Altavilla are the leading candidates to handle the seventh and eighth innings while Cishek is unavailable.

OUTSteve Cishek
RP SEA
2 weeks ago

Cishek (hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session sometime next week, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's been a slow recovery so far for Cishek, who underwent microfracture hip surgery last October. He'll finally throw a bullpen session next week and, if all goes well, will continue to increase his workload. The 30-year-old still doesn't have a firm return date, but it's increasingly looking like it will be sometime after late April. When he does return, he'll likely slot into the setup role for closer Edwin Diaz.

OUTSteve Cishek
RP SEA
3 weeks ago

Cishek (hip) is set to play catch on back-to-back days, and he's been cleared to run on a treadmill, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

His recovery from microfracture hip surgery has reached a promising step. The veteran posted a 2.81 ERA with 76 K in 64 innings during 2016, and Seattle will take its time working him into the fold before he's 100 percent. Whenever he does return to big-league action, the 30-year-old likely will slowly be worked in before he reclaims his top setup role behind closer Edwin Diaz.

OUTSteve Cishek
RP SEA
4 weeks ago

Cishek (hip) is playing catch on a regular basis and is "continues to progress' according to manager Scott Servais, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cishek has been playing catch every other day since last week in his recovery from microfracture hip surgery and has been setback-free by all accounts thus far. The former closer, whose most realistic return date increasingly appears to be sometime after late April, will likely start the season as a setup option with Edwin Diaz now in possession of the ninth-inning role.

OUTSteve Cishek
RP SEA
1 month ago

Cishek (hip) indicated that everything went without a hitch in his second day of throwing Thursday, Owen Perkins of the Mariners' official site reports. "I'm playing catch every other day," said Cishek. "I expect to throw again in another two days and keep building up my hip strength."

EDGE Analysis

Cishek initially hoped to be ready for Opening Day, but now admits he will probably need to wait a bit longer before returning to regular-season action. The 30-year-old reliever has now changed his goals to simply pitching during spring training. "I'd like to be pitching in spring training games," Cishek said. "It'll take a little longer before I'm ready to pitch in regular-season games, but I'd like to get that far before the end of the Cactus League games." With Edwin Diaz now firmly entrenched as the team's closer heading into the season, Cishek will have to settle into either a seventh or eighth inning role for the Mariners. However, his experience as a closer keeps him in the mix for saves should Edwin Diaz suffer an injury or struggle.

OUTSteve Cishek
RP SEA
1 month ago

Cishek (hip) expects to throw again Thursday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cishek played catch Tuesday for the first time this spring, throwing 25 times. The right-hander said he felt good after the light session, but it's clear he's still far from returning to normal pitching activities. Cishek underwent microfracture surgery this offseason to repair a torn labrum and was projected to compete with Nick Vincent for a setup role in the Seattle bullpen.

OUTSteve Cishek
RP SEA
1 month ago

Cishek (hip) felt good after playing catch for the first time Tuesday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cishek successfully made 25 throws Tuesday, so he seems on track to gradually increase his activity as spring training progresses. At this point in time, a clear timeframe for his eventual return has yet to be made. However, more information should become available as Cishek gets closer to facing live hitters.

OUTSteve Cishek
RP SEA
1 month ago

Cishek (hip) will play catch for the first time out to 60 feet on Tuesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

This will be the first time the righty will throw since arriving to camp, but he'll ease himself into things for the time being, as he is still weeks away from actually tossing off a mound. Cishek's hip procedure ended up being more serious than initially expected, so he'll continue to progress slowly with his status remaining doubtful for Opening Day. When he returns, he'll likely challenge Nick Vincent for the top setup man role to closer Edwin Diaz.