8/31/2014 4:47 P.M. ET
Young happy to take extra rest before start in Oakland
By Adam Lewis / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- To be clear, veteran right-hander Chris Young has no qualms with a little extra time off. In fact, it's barely entered his mind.
"I haven't thought about it. It's the same whether I'm pitching on three days' rest or 10 days' rest or two months' rest," Young said Sunday. "I want to take the ball and go be aggressive and pitch the same way I've pitched all year."
Young pitches Monday when the Mariners open a critical three-game series against the Athletics at O.co Coliseum. It will be his first start since allowing three runs over 3 2/3 innings Aug. 23 at Fenway Park in Seattle's 7-3 win over the Red Sox.
Young has eight days between outings instead of the usual four. But he said the extended break allowed him to cut back his workouts on certain days and be more aggressive on others. He maintains it won't influence the one-start-at-a-time mental approach he's referenced all season.
"You make do. It's similar to like say the All-Star break where you adjust," Young said. "It's part of the game, part of the season."
Trying to rest the pitching staff for September and a possible postseason trip, the Mariners earlier this week chose to call up right-hander Erasmo Ramirez for a Wednesday spot start. That put Young on track to pitch Saturday against the Nationals, but the club then decided to flip him and rookie southpaw Roenis Elias in the rotation.
"It was just the most efficient way to attack this in looking to get through September and hopefully beyond," said acting manager Trent Jewett.
Young (12-6, 3.17 ERA) has thrown 150 1/3 innings this season. That marks his highest total since 2007, when he threw 173 frames in an All-Star year with the Padres.
He did toss 138 innings split between the Mets and their Minor League system in 2012, but this is the most he's been extended since having surgery in June 2013 to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition where compressed nerves and blood vessels create discomfort in the shoulder and neck.
Despite the setback in Boston, Young has actually improved as the season's progressed. Since May 26, a span of 17 starts, the 6-foot-10, 35-year-old is 9-4 with a 2.99 ERA.
"It's fun being in situations where we're trying to make a playoff push here," he said. "At this point, you go out and you take the ball and you compete. We're all in the same boat."
• After Sunday's finale against the Nationals, the Mariners have 18 of their final 27 games on the road.
• Entering Sunday, the Mariners owned a .987 fielding percentage, second in the American League.
Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.