The Mariners optioned 22-year-old reliever Carter Capps to Class AAA Tacoma to make room for the recall of Erasmo Ramirez.
Capps had a 6.37 earned-run average in 33 appearances. He made it to the major leagues last year in his first full pro season, and has just one inning at the Triple-A level. The Mariners want him to work on his delivery and release point, among other things. Capps also needs to develop a better approach against left-handers, who are hitting him at a .351/.431/.719 clip this season.
“Carter only has 68, 69 innings in the minor leagues (691
3, to be exact),” Wedge said. “He got here so quick. I think he’s learned quite a bit. There’s a couple things mechanically we want him to work on. It’s the right thing for him to go down right now and work on some things. It’s tough to come up he re and work and try to make adjustments or changes and compete at the same time, for a young player.
“For him, go down, get himself righted, catch his breath a little bit, pitch some down there. He’s going to be a part of this thing. He’s too big, he has too much physical strength and arm speed and velocity. He’s still trying to put that slider or cutter away where he needs to, and have enough confidence in the changeup.”
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• Nick Franklin, lifted in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game when his knee started to bother him, sat out on Thursday.
More accurately, Wedge said it was Franklin’s quadriceps that hurt, but related to the knee injury Franklin suffered in Cincinnati when he fouled a ball off his kneecap. Franklin aggravated it on a play up the middle on Wednesday, Wedge said.
“It just affected his quad yesterday,” Wedge said. “It’s still off his knee, but he was having trouble firing his quad yesterday. He was able to fire it today. I’m hopeful he’ll be ready tomorrow.”
The Mariners open a three-game series with the Angels on Friday.
• Outfielder Endy Chavez had to be removed from Thursday’s game in the fourth inning with right groin tightness. He said he hurt himself running out a bunt single.
“I think it’s not that bad,’’ Chavez said. “I feel sore right now. Hopefully that soreness goes away fast.”
• In the 10th inning, Mariners catcher Mike Zunino took a foul ball off the inside of his kneecap and went down in pain. He stayed in the game, however.
“It locked up, but with a little movement it loosened back up,’’ Zunino said.
• The Mariners announced that the contract of Jeremy Bonderman, who had been designated for assignment on Monday, was outrighted. But Bonderman declined to accept the outright and became a free agent.