Last season was one full of dreary discord for the Seattle Mariners. The M’s finished with the worst record in the American League; manager John McLaren went off on a bleep-filled post-game tirade & was canned soon after; and teammates wanted to “knock out” each other, with fists aimed specifically toward Ichiro Suzuki.
But it’s a new season & time for a fresh start for the AL West club. However, they’re going to have to start off without their star player. For Ichiro, who has been accused of being an ulcer in the clubhouse, now has one of his own.
And it’s a bleeder. The SEATTLE TIMES reports that Ichiro has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 31. This means that he’ll miss Monday’s season opener in Minneapolis against the Twins, and won’t be available until April 15 - meaning he’ll also miss the M’s home opener against the Angels.
This is the first time in his MLB career that Ichiro has been placed on the DL. Until now, he has played in 197 consecutive games and 807 of the M’s last 810 games. So much for catching Cal Ripken, Jr.
Ichiro was reportedly “experiencing extreme fatigue in recent days,” a condition the Mariners were ready to blame on his performing in the World Baseball Classic. But doctors underwent extensive testing on Ichiro on Thursday & discovered the bleeding ulcer causing all the trouble.
The ulcer is no longer bleeding, but doctors still want Ichiro to refrain from any strenous activity. So if anyone still wants to take a swing at Suzuki - please, not in the stomach.