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