SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Chris Young tossed shutout ball in his Seattle debut Saturday, providing a much-needed pitching boost for the Mariners as they closed spring training with a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
With pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor all sidelined, the Mariners signed Young on Thursday after he was released by Washington. The 34-year-old right-hander allowed four hits, struck out two and issued no walks in 4 2-3 innings as he moves into a rotation spot.
The 6-foot-10 right-hander last pitched in the majors in 2012.
"Really doesn't matter if I'm ready or not. We've got to do it," Young said. "But I am. I'm excited to be back out there. It's been a while for me. I welcome the opportunity."
Kyle Seager's RBI single in the second was the lone run off Rockies starter Franklin Morales. He worked around five walks and three hits in 5 1-3 innings, a day after he was selected as the fifth starter.
Seattle newcomer Robinson Cano struck out and flied out before exiting in the third, finishing with a .412 spring average.
Brandon Barnes' RBI single off Joe Beimel in the seventh snapped the tie.
Mariners: Young threw 64 pitches before throwing another 15 in the bullpen.
"I thought he tired a little bit at the end, but I was pleased with what I saw," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's the guy I remembered."
Rockies: Control issues have hurt Morales in a few spring outings.
"He still has enough stuff where he can deal with some traffic and strike guys out," manager Walt Weiss said. "But he didn't have good command today."
Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood was confident what he called a "minor" left hamstring strain wouldn't keep him from Wednesday's start.
"I think I'm fine," Chatwood said before playing catch and riding an exercise bike.
Chatwood said he slipped on some loose dirt while running out a triple Friday against Seattle.
"A double would have been fine," pitching coach Jim Wright said.
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