Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik called it “a perfect storm in a negative way."

Six players injured, including three pitchers and three starting outfielders. Young hitters getting off to slow starts, then pressing to end their slumps.

The result is that the Mariners, after going 22-11 in spring training, are one of baseball’s biggest disappointments in April.

But Zduriencik isn’t blaming his manager, Eric Wedge, for the team’s 8-15 start and two series losses to the Astros, a team expected to be one of the worst in baseball.

“Eric’s great. Eric has worked his rear end off, done everything he could,” Zduriencik said Thursday of Wedge, who is in the final year of his contract. “But a club doesn’t swing the bat early, what are you going to do?

“Look around baseball. Josh Hamilton started off slow. You’re going to blame someone over there for Josh Hamilton’s slow start? B.J. Upton, Asdrubal Cabrera you can go through a bunch of players. Unfortunately for our scenario, they all did it at once. You put the injuries on top of this thing, it really makes it a challenge.”

The Mariners, after acquiring first baseman Kendrys Morales and outfielders Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez last offseason, are last in the American League in runs per game as they begin a seven-game homestand against the Angels and Orioles on Thursday night.