Rookie right-hander Andrew Moore gets the nod Sunday as Ariel Miranda will be given a break from throwing to help with some late-season fatigue.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The only pitcher from the Mariners’ opening day starting rotation not to miss a start this season will not make his next scheduled outing.
Before Thursday’s series finale with the Rangers, Mariners manager Scott Servais announced that left-hander Ariel Miranda won’t start on Sunday in Houston for his normal turn in the rotation. Instead, rookie right-hander Andrew Moore will get the nod.
“There’s nothing wrong with (Miranda),” Servais said. “It’s just a chance to recharge the batteries a bit and see where we go the next time around.”
Miranda is coming off his shortest outing of the season, pitching 1 2/3 innings and allowing four runs on six hits with three walks in Monday’s 5-3 loss. He’s made 29 starts this season, pitching a total of 158 innings and posting an 8-7 record with a 4.90 ERA. In his first 17 starts this season, Miranda posted a 7-4 record with a 3.82 ERA. In 99 innings pitched, he struck out 74 batters and walked 35 with 18 homers allowed with hitters batting .286 with a .687 OPS against him. Since July 1, Miranda has made 12 starts and is 1-3 with a 6.71 ERA. In 59 innings pitched, he’s struck out 61 and walked 27 but allowed 17 homers.
“He’s saved us this year with all the injuries we had early on,” Servais said. “Thank God, he did take the ball every five times. Obviously, he had some really, really outstanding outings and others where he struggled. I think he learned a lot this year. He will pitch again this year. But right now, we’ll take it a series at a time.”
The plans is for Miranda not to do any throwing for a few days and let his arm rest. A workout machine in between starts, he’ll still continue to do his strength work.
“We’ll let him totally recharge,” Servais said. “Miranda is really good with his workout routine in between starts. Obviously, he’s a good athlete. The guy could probably go out and run a marathon right now, he’s got that kind of body. He can continue work out, but just back off the throwing.”
Moore has looked solid in his last two outings — a spot start against the Astros in Seattle and an extended relief outing against the Rangers — allowing four runs on three hits in 12 innings pitched with 10…