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Jeff Heaverlo: Twice Bitten, Now Driven

TACOMA, Wash. - Just about everyone knows about the negative history of injuries the Seattle Mariners have endured to their top young pitchers over the years. Ryan Anderson, Gil Meche, Rafael Soriano, Matt Thornton and Travis Blackley headline the list of highly ranked twenty-somethings that went under the knife over the past half-dozen years.

Anderson, the once touted clone of former Mariners ace Randy Johnson is no longer a member of the organization after being released this spring - but not before the Mariners spent parts of five years working the tall left-hander through three major shoulder surgeries. Blackley, the club's 2003 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, is two months into his summer-long rehabilitation in Peoria. With...

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