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[May 11, 2017]  May 10 (The Sports Xchange) - Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma went on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on Wednesday, joining three other Seattle Mariners starting pitchers on the sidelines.

Iwakuma, 36, joins Felix Hernandez (shoulder), Drew Smyly (flexor tendon) and James Paxton (forearm strain) on the DL, leaving right-hander Yovani Gallardo as the only starter from the Opening Day rotation.

Right-hander Sam Gaviglio was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to fill the vacant spot on the 25-man roster. He is 2-3 with a 3.31 ERA in five minor league starts this season.

Iwakuma is 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA in six starts. The move to the disabled list is retroactive to May 4.

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Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout could return to the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Oakland Athletics, manager Mike Scioscia said.

Trout, the two-time American League Most Valuable Player, was held out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game on Wednesday with an ailing left hamstring.

Trout, who is in the midst of a career-high 17-game hitting streak, entered play on Wednesday with an AL-best .355 batting average. He also has eight homers and 21 RBIs this season.

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Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton began a rehabilitation program that should last about six to nine months, general manager Mike Rizzo said before the team faced the Baltimore Orioles.

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Eaton underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament that he sustained on April 28 when he beat out an infield hit in the ninth inning against the New York Mets.

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Four blown saves in 11 chances forced the Detroit Tigers to pull the plug on Francisco Rodriguez as closer.
 


Rodriguez, who ranks fourth in career saves with 437, blew saves in each of the past two games, both losses to the Oakland Athletics. Sunday's loss came on a two-run homer off Rodriguez by Ryon Healy. Rodriguez's ERA is 8.49 in 11 2/3 innings.

Hard-throwing left-hander Justin Wilson was installed as closer by manager Brad Ausmus. ))

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