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29 Roenis Elias SP
Height/Weight: 6-1/190 | Birthdate: 8/1/1988 | Birthplace: Guantanamo, Cuba | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 28/11 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Mariners move Taijuan Walker ahead of Roenis Elias in rotation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) The Mariners took advantage of an open date this week to make an adjustment to their starting rotation.

RHP Taijuan Walker will start Wednesday's game at San Diego, per the Tacoma News Tribune. Walker was originally scheduled to start Thursday.

Walker replaces Roenis Elias as Wednesday's starter. Manager Lloyd McClendon made the change, because he didn't want to start back-to-back lefthanders against San Diego. Southpaw Mike Montgomery starts Tuesday's game against the Padres.  


Mariners SP Roenis Elias rocked, allows seven runs in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Roenis Elias was in command of Wednesday's game through three innings. He hadn't allowed a hit, let alone a run.

In the top of the fourth inning everything fell apart for Elias. He allowed five hits that turned into seven earned runs and he was pulled before he could close the inning out.

Elias picked up the loss and drops to 4-5 on the season. He has a 4.25 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 24 walks this season.


Mariners' Roenis Elias evens record at 4-4 with win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Mariners starter Roenis Elias earned a win over Houston on Friday, evening his record at 4-4 on the year. 

Elias allowed two runs in seven innings. He gave up four hits and didn't walk a batter, while striking out 10. It was his first 10-strikeout game since May 1 of last season. Elias allowed two home runs.  

"I thought he would be determined after the outing he had in Houston and he didn't disappoint," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I think he was executing pitches a lot better."

Elias' next start is Wednesday, against Kansas City. 


Mariners SP Roenis Elias allows eight runs in Sunday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias struggled throughout his start, which led to a 13-0 loss to the Astros on Sunday.

"He just didn't have much command today," manager Lloyd McClendon said, per MLB.com. "It was a tough day for him in a lot of different ways. The breaking ball was not there. Fastball command was not there. He didn't use his change. It was just a tough day.

Elias (3-4) allowed eight runs (seven earned) over 3 1/3 innings of work. He struck out two and walked four during the outing. His ERA now stands at 3.67.

"It was a bad day," Elias said through an interpreter. "I didn't have fastball command. Today, nothing was working. But I will keep working."

Prior to Sunday's start, Elias had given up a total of three runs in his last two starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Friday against the Astros.


Mariners SP Roenis Elias allows one run in Tuesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias only allowed one run over six innings of work to earn his third win of the season during Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Indians.

Elias gave up five hits and his lone mistake was giving up a solo home run to Yan Gomes in the second inning. Elias (3-3) struck out three and walked two during the outing. He now has a 2.79 ERA.

Elias has earned a quality start in each of his last two starts and has allowed a total of three runs over his last 14 innings of work. His next expected start is scheduled for Sunday at Houston.


Mariners SP Roenis Elias takes tough-luck loss on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Mariners starter Roenis Elias was solid in his start Thursday against the Rays. Tossed eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out six, lowering his ERA to 2.94 on the season, picking up his third loss this season.

The left-hander got touched up for his two runs in the fourth inning thanks to a Steven Souza RBI-single and a Jake Elmore RBI fielder's chioce. Other than that, Elias was very effective, needing just 99 pitches to get through the eighth inning.

It's the first time this season Elias has gone at least eight innings, and it comes almost exactly one year after his only complete game of his career, coming on June 1, 2014. 

Elias (2-3) will look to get back in the win column in his next start, scheduled for Wednesday in Cleveland.


Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias allows four runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias allowed four runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings of work in Seattle's 4-3 loss to the Indians on Saturday.

Elias allowed a run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly to Nick Swisher. Then in the second, Elias served up a two-run home run to Jerry Sands to extend Cleveland's lead. Elias recorded just three strikeouts with four walks in the contest.

Elias, now 2-2, moved his ERA to 3.07 in 44 innings of work. He will look to bounce back Thursday against the Rays.


Roenis Elias has been clutch performer for Mariners


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Roenis Elias has been pretty outstanding in place of the injured Hisashi Iwakuma. He has not allowed more than three runs in any of his six starts and has allowed a total of three runs in his last three starts following Monday's 4-1 win at Tampa Bay.

"Any time you lose a guy of Iwakuma's status, that's a big hit," manager Lloyd McClendon said, per MLB.com. "But it was nice to have this young man there waiting in the wings. And he hasn't disappointed."

Catcher Mike Zunino said Elias' best attribute is his ability to work himself out of tight jams.

"I think he clicks it in a little bit," Zunino said. "He focuses a little bit more and keeps the ball down in the zone. The way he's been throwing, he has a lot of trust in his changeup. He used that a couple times with guys on base to get ground balls and get us out of the inning."


Mariners P Roenis Elias has another strong game in win vs. Rays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias allowed only one earned run in Monday night's 4-1 win over the Rays. 

Elias went six innings, gave up six hits, totaled six strikeouts and walked three batters. Elias threw 94 pitches and improved to 2-1 for the season. 

This is the third game in a row that Elias has only allowed one run. He now has an ERA of 2.56 this season. He hasn't had a game this season where he's given more than three runs. 

Elias' next start is projected for Saturday against the Indians. 


Mariners' Roenis Elias allows one run in win vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias earned the win on Wednesday, giving up just one earned run on six hits in 7 2/3 innings while striking out four and walking none in his team's 4-2 victory over the Orioles.

Elias (1-1) has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any of his five starts, and he was finally rewarded with the win on Wednesday. He tossed seven scoreless innings before the Orioles were able to push a run across in the eighth after he left the game, though the run was charged to his line.

"I had a good changeup," Elias said through an interpreter, per MLB.com. "I hardly threw any curveballs today. I had a good command on my fastball."

Elias owns a 2.76 ERA and 25:9 K:BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Rays in Tampa on Monday.


Mariners' Roenis Elias allows one run in no-decision vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias wasn't a factor in the decision on Thursday after allowing one earned run on eight hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 2-1 loss to the Red Sox.

Though the Red Sox were able to put plenty of men on base against Elias, the only run he allowed came on a solo home run in the fourth inning. He has delivered three straight quality starts but has also surrendered four home runs during that stretch.

"He was trying to be a little bit too quick and that's what happens with an inexperienced outfielder," manager Lloyd McClendon said of the converted second baseman, per MLB.com. "He really had no play, other than to throw the ball to second. In the end, it really didn't cost us other than a few more pitches for Rodney. They didn't score any more."

Elias owns a 3.24 ERA and 21:9 K:BB ratio in 25 innings. He's scheduled to face the Orioles in Baltimore on Wednesday.


After rotation change, Mariners' Walker to pitch Wednesday at SD


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) The Mariners have confirmed that right-hander Taijuan Walker and left-hander Roenis Elias will switch places in the rotation. Walker will now pitch on Wednesday against the Padres, while Elias will go on Thursday against the Red Sox, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

The move was made in-part due to the large amount of right-handed bats in the Padres' lineup. Right-handed hitters are hitting .256 off of Elias during his career, so manager Lloyd McClendon decided to make the change in the rotation. 


Mariners may not use Roenis Elias as starter on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Mariners have removed pitcher Roenis Elias as the scheduled starter for Wednesday's game against the Padres, according to MLB.com.

However, manager Lloyd McClendon still may go with the lefty.

"I think the only reason we have the option to do this is because of the off-days," McClendon said. "I can move it around and try to get the best matchup, who we think is possible to give us the best chance to win ball games. I'm not saying Elias won't pitch, I'm saying I haven't made up my mind."

The Padres have hit left-handed pitchers well this season and would face back-to-back lefties in James Paxton on Tuesday and Elias on Wednesday.

"Elias has had three starts and deserved to win all three," McClendon said. "We just didn't support him."


Mariners P Roenis Elias receives no-decision during Wednesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Despite a solid seven innings of work, Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias was not able to earn a win during Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Angels.

Elias surrendered three runs on six hits over seven innings. He also struck out five and walked one. His biggest mistake came in the third inning when he gave up a two-run home run to Mike Trout and he received a no-decision for his effort.

Elias is now 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA on the season. It was his third-consecutive start allowing three runs or less.

His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Padres.


Mariners starter Roenis Elias throws six solid innings in defeat


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Mariners starter Roenis Elias (0-1) yielded three runs on six hits and struck out eight in six innings to take the loss against the Astros on Friday.

Elias gave up homers to Evan Gattis and Jake Marisnick in the defeat. 

Elias' next start is set for Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Angels.


Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias strikes out six in no decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias allowed two runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings Sunday in his first start of the season in Seattle's 4-2 loss to the Twins.

Elias allowed an RBI single to Trevor Plouffe in the first, scoring Shane Robinson. Then in the third, Elias allowed a double to Joe Mauer to bring Robinson home again. Elias worked into the sixth inning but was pulled with two outs after walking Chris Hermann after an 11-pitch battle. Elias, who now boasts a 3.18 ERA, tossed 105 pitches during the start.

It is unclear when Elias will make his next start.


Mariners promote Roenis Elias, option Lucas Luetge


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) The Mariners called up pitcher Roenis Elias from Triple-A Tacoma Sunday, optioning pitcher Lucas Luetge to Tacoma in a corresponding move.

Elias is set to start Sunday's game against the Twins in place of Hisashi Iwakuma, who is on the disabled list with a lat injury. Elias went 10-12 with a 3.85 ERA and 143:64 K:BB ratio in 163 2/3 innings across 29 starts for the Mariners last season.


Mariners GM hints at Roenis Elias filling in for injured Iwakuma


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik appeared to indicate Friday starting pitcher Roenis Elias will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take the rotation spot of Hisashi Iwakuma, who was slated to start Sunday against the Twins before being placed on the disabled list due to a lat injury.

"I would say the obvious is the obvious," Zduriencik said when asked who will start Sunday, per The Seattle Times.

The 26-year-old Elias is 2-0 with a 8.04 ERA and 1.79 WHIP through three starts for Tacoma. He has struck out 12 and walked seven in 15 2/3 innings.


Mariners scrambling for help as rotation continues to crumble


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) The surprising struggles of the Mariners starters has them seeking alternatives. But the two minor league candidates they were counting on have not earned a promotion.

Roenis Elias, who lost the competition with Taijuan Walker for the fifth spot in the Seattle rotation, is 2-0 at Triple-A Tacoma. But in his most recent win, he gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings, actually lowering his ERA to 8.04.

Jordan Pries has been worse with an 0-1 mark and 9.20 ERA through three starts.

Walker did provide a bit of encouragement Tuesday night despite walking four in a loss to Houston. He allowed just one run in 5 1/3 innings and struck out eight.


Mariners option Roenis Elias, reassign eight to minor-league camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Mariners have optioned pitcher Roenis Elias to Triple-A Tacoma, the team announced Sunday.

An earlier report Sunday said that the team was considering going with a six-man rotation, and it's possible that could still come to pass, with Elias making frequent trips to and from the active roster. For now, it appears Taijuan Walker will serve as the team's fifth starter.

The Mariners also reassigned the following eight players to minor-league camp Sunday: catcher John Baker, outfielder Endy Chavez, infielders Shawn O'Malley and Carlos Rivero and pitchers Mark Lowe, Jordan Pries, Kevin Correia and Joe Saunders .


Mariners may use six-man rotation with Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon still hasn't decided between Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias in the battle for the final spot in the starting rotation. That may be because he doesn't have to. 

The News Tribune reported that "all signs point to" the Mariners using a modified six-man rotation, featuring both Walker and Elias, this season. The setup would save wear and tear on the starting staff, so they'd be fresher in the event the Mariners make the postseason. 

Team officials still haven't confirmed the plan. 


Still no decision between Mariners' Taijuan Walker, Roenis Elias


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon still hasn't named a winner in the battle for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. 

RHP Taijuan Walker and LHP Roenis Elias are in the running for the spot. Walker has a 0.00 ERA in 18 innings this spring, while Elias' ERA is 6.75. 

McClendon said he wouldn't announce his fifth starter until the final week of spring. Saturday marks the start of the final week, and McClendon said he'd "be close" to making the call, per MLB.com's Greg Johns.


Mariners' Roenis Elias surrenders six runs vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias allowed six earned runs on eight hits and three walks in three-pluss innings while striking out one in his team's 15-1 loss to the Brewers Thursday.

Elias came into the game with a 3.86 spring ERA but endured his worst Cactus League performance, giving up four runs in the first inning alone and being charged with two of Milwaukee's three fourth-inning runs. He's competing for the final rotation spot with Taijuan Walker, who has tossed 18 scoreless innings this spring.


Mariners fifth starter down to Roenis Elias, Taijuan Walker


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Roenis Elias and Taijuan Walker will each get one more spring start to win the fifth spot in the Mariners' starting rotation.  

Manager Lloyd McClendon said that he would make his decision before the final week of camp, meaning that RHP Walker and LHP Elias will have time for one appearance each. 

Elias is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA this spring. Opposing batters are hitting .383 off of him. Walker is 1-0 and has not allowed a run in 12 spring innings. He's allowed four hits, for a .100 opponents' average, and struck out 13. That doesn't mean the job is his, however. 

"My evaluation is probably a little different than yours. I don't worry about the numbers per se," McClendon said, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.


Roenis Elias battling Taijuan Walker for Mariners rotation spot


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Three years after coming to American from Cuba, LHP Roenis Elias jumped from Double-A to the Mariners, last season. Now, he finds himself fighting to keep his spot in the starting rotation. 

Despite going 10-12, with a 3.85 ERA in 29 starts for the Mariners last year and becoming one of the rookie surprises in the American League, Elias opens spring training battling Taijuan Walker for the fifth spot in the rotation. 

The right-handed Walker is a first-round draft pick of the Mariners, and a top pitching prospect in the organization. 

That means Elias could find himself starting the season back in the minors. 

"There's not a lot of difference between this year and last," he told MLB.com's Greg Johns. "Last year I didn't come in with a spot and this year you could say the same thing. I have to work hard and do what I did last year and even improve on that."

Even if he doesn't win the job in spring, he's earned the respect of Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. 

"He's got to get stronger," McClendon said. "He pitched well when he was healthy. He's got a dynamic curveball. The change-up got better at the end of the year. His consistency with the fastball command needs to be better and if he does that, he has a chance to be a pretty darn good pitcher in this league for a long time."