Recovery looms on the horizon for Mariners pitchers

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Steve Cishek (Charlie Riedel — The Associated Press)

PEORIA, Ariz. — Seattle’s pitchers reported Tuesday and had their first workout Wednesday, but for two Mariners the beginning of the season is quite a bit away.

Due to injuries, relief pitchers Steve Cishek and Tony Zych are still recovering from surgeries done in the offseason. While Zych hopes to be ready by opening day, Cishek is still limited to weight room training, Greg Johns of mlb.com reports.

Zych’s surgery was a bicep tendon transfer in his right shoulder, while Cishek went through microfracture surgery on his left hip.

Zych is making sure to be more careful with his recovery time this season; last season he rushed back and paid the price. He said from his first game back he could tell his shoulder wasn’t right, and he knew he would have to undergo more surgery and a longer recovery process the second time.

Cishek originally set his goal for opening day, but said he had never gone through surgery before and set his expectations too high. While he still thinks an opening day return will be unlikely, it is still his goal, and he is continuing to push himself through the recovery process.

— Ryan Signorino

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