Left-handed long reliever Roenis Elias was placed on the disabled list with triceps tendinitis to make room for Duke
The Mariners added the first of three players acquired over the last 48 hours to their active roster on Tuesday afternoon. Veteran left-hander Zach Duke was activated and will be in uniform for that night’s game against the Astros at Safeco Field. Duke will wear No. 33.
To make room on the roster and the bullpen, Seattle placed left-hander Roenis Elias on the 10-day disabled list with triceps tendinitis.
Duke, 35, was acquired by the Mariners on Monday from the Twins in exchange for right-handed pitcher Chase De Jong (Class AA Arkansas) and infielder Ryan Costello (Class A Clinton).
“It’s been a blur,” Duke said. “I found about 4 p.m. Central time yesterday that I was traded. I packed up my apartment as much as I could. I got two suitcases together and I was on airplane at 8:15 a.m. this morning.”
The process was a little easier because Duke figured he would be traded given the Twins’ record and being on a one-year contract.
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“My family had prepped a little bit,” he said. “We took a lot of stuff home at the All-Star break. My family is actually back in Nashville right now. We were a little bit prepared, but it’s still a whirlwind.”
Duke was 3-4 with 12 holds and a 3.62 ERA (15 ER, 37.1 IP) in 45 games with the Twins this season. Left-handed hitters are hitting .237 average (14 for 59) with 16 strikeouts and just 2 extra-base hits (2B, 3B) in 2018. Duke has not allowed a home run this season, one of just three AL pitchers to appear in at least 30 games without allowing a homer.
A one-time starter early in his career, his conversion to the bullpen was out of survival.
“I’ve added another arm angle, a few more pitches,” he said. “I was a pretty standard, left-handed average starter back in teh day.
Elías, 29, is 2-0 with a 2.88 ERA (8 ER, 25.0 IP) with 18 strikeouts and 8 walks in 12 appearances with one start since being added to the bullpen on June 1. A MRI earlier in the day revealed a Grade 1 strain. He’ll be shut down from throwing for 7-8 days.
“Over in Anaheim the other day, the tubing they use to get loose, he felt something in the back of his arm,” Servais said. “It didn’t bother him throwing at all. But when he came in the next day, it was a little sore.”