Seattle Mariners

Mariners pitcher Robbie Ray to miss rest of season due to flexor tendon injury

SEATTLE — After being placed on a 15-day injured list by the Seattle Mariners on April 1, pitcher Robbie Ray will miss the rest of the season for left flexor tendon repair surgery.

Mariners manager Scott Servais shared the news during a media session ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Phillies.

Ray was placed on the IL just one day after a 9-4 loss to the Guardians, where, according to, he looked and felt off while struggling to locate his fastball.

Ray said he didn’t experience pain until the second inning and he had felt good during warm-up in the bullpen, but by the end of his appearance, he gave up five runs on four hits.

“It felt a little tight, but that didn’t seem out of the ordinary,” said Ray, who didn’t mention any tightness in his postgame media session. “It’s just one of those things where it was a cold night, and I just thought maybe it took me a while to get loose there in the second. I didn’t really think that much about it. But then after that, my arm started to tighten up a good amount.”

He said he woke up Saturday still feeling sore, then an MRI was scheduled and revealed the Grade 1 strain.

The 2021 AL Cy Young Award winner is in the second year of a five-year, $115 million deal and had never been on the IL for an arm-related issue.