Seattle Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki starting season on DL

by Nicholas Minnix on April 3, 2009 @ 03:49:57 PDT


Tim Booth, of The Associated Press, reports the Seattle Mariners have placed outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (stomach) on the 15-day disabled list after he suffered from a bleeding ulcer.

The move is retroactive to Tuesday, March 31, and he will be eligible to play beginning April 15. The Mariners said the ulcer is no longer bleeding, but doctors have restricted his activity.

The Mariners' foreign star missed the last three Spring Training contests because he had been complaining of fatigue. With the diagnosis, he'll miss at least eight games, and the hiatus will bring an end to his consecutive-games-played streak of 197, the fourth-longest active streak.

Ulcers can be treated with a variety and combination of medications for a relatively short period of time, perhaps a couple of weeks. Surgery is an option in severe cases, such as with an ulcer that involves serious bleeding or has eaten a hole in the wall of the stomach.

Neither appears to be the scenario for Ichiro, who theoretically should be ready to go at about the time or not long after he's eligible to return. Reoccurrence is not very likely, although he may receive the occasional day off, at least in the early going. Fantasy owners who have yet to draft should downgrade Ichiro only slightly, but this does little to affect his fantasy value for the long term.

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The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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