Bleeding ulcer puts Ichiro on 15-day DL

Stunning news this morning….Ichiro is going on the 15-day disabled list.

The medical tests he had taken on Thursday in Peoria revealed that a bleeding ulcer was the cause of his uncharacteristic fatigue, a down-in-the-dumps feeling that kept him out of the Mariners final three games in Arizona.

The bleeding has stopped, but he needs time to regain his strength and therefore will miss at least the first eight games of the regular season. He is eligible to come off the DL on April 15.

This is the first time in his MLB career — if not his entire professional career — that Ichiro has been placed on the DL. He played all 162 games last season and missed just 16 games his eigtht years with the Mariners.

My guess is that Mike Wilson will land a spot on the 25-man Opening Day roster and either he or Wladimir Balentien will be the right fielder in Monday night’s regular season opener.

But more on that later today after manager Don Wakamatsu speaks to the media prior to tonight’s game against the Rockies.

— Jim Street


Well, now I feel really bad. A few blogs ago I was wondering whether Ichiro was really what the team and the clubhouse needs this year. I thought I had detected a little too much “star status” and aloofness centered around the guy. Then I began to read more about his seeming to fit in nicely. Now, the poor guy has a bleeding ulcer.
I, like you and everyone else, wait with bated breath to see who makes the 25-man roster. I hope Mike Wilson is on there somewhere because I sense that he could contribute some runs and RBIs. He had plenty of at-bats this spring, and although he struck out a bunch he also walked a lot. Also, no Bucky Jacobsen, he seems to be a fairly complete player. Might have a good arm.

I vote for Griff DH’ing in Minnesota. I don’t think there is any reason to start him out running around on that astroturf for his first regular season action of the year.

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