June 25, 2024

The Seattle Mariners entered the 2024 season with high expectations for their bullpen, aiming to maintain their status as one of the most formidable in baseball. So far, they have lived up to those expectations, ranking among the top ten in the league in various metrics.

However, they have been forced to navigate this success without arguably their most dominant reliever, Matt Brash. Unfortunately, Brash’s season took a detour early in spring training when he was sidelined due to elbow inflammation. Initially, it seemed like a minor setback, and Brash began working his way back in March. Just last week, he was close to starting a rehab assignment.

However, the situation took a turn for the worse over the weekend when it was announced that Brash has been shut down indefinitely. Despite his efforts to return, his arm has not responded well to increased intensity. Brash is now scheduled to consult with Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas, and the Mariners are understandably worried.

While there is still hope that Brash may avoid the worst-case scenario, there are concerns that he may require Tommy John Surgery, which would likely keep him out for the entirety of the 2024 season and potentially a significant portion of 2025 as well.

Mariners Reliever Matt Brash Shut Down Indefinitely

During GM Justin Hollander’s recent media briefing, he noted that Brash has been able to regain his velocity, including his near 100 MPH fastball. However, the issue lies in how his arm feels in the days following his pitching sessions. Just before he was set to begin a rehab assignment, Brash threw a session in Seattle, and he reported that every throw felt uncomfortable.

This setback is particularly disheartening considering Brash’s stellar performance since transitioning to a relief role in 2022. Last season, he ranked among the top relievers in the league in various statistical categories, showcasing his dominance with his blazing fastball and devastating breaking ball.

Despite Brash’s absence, the Mariners have managed to maintain their bullpen strength, relying on a trio of other arms to fill the void.

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