Seattle lost starting pitcher Sam Gaviglio to a waivers claim from the Royals and placed David Phelps on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow impingement.
With teams able to expand their active rosters in September, the Mariners made multiple roster moves on Friday with more expected in the coming days. With a beat-up and fatigued pitching staff, the Mariners will take advantage of being able to add players — specifically pitchers — from the 40-man roster.
- Jarrod Dyson, OF, reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.
- Mike Leake, RHP, added to the active roster.
- Dan Altavilla, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
- Ryan Garton, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
- Andrew Moore, RHP recalled from AAA Tacoma.
- Mike Marjama, C, selected from AAA Tacoma.
- Shae Simmons, RHP, returned from rehab and reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.
- David Phelps, RHP, placed on the 10-day disabled list (retro to 8/31) with right elbow posterior impingement.
- Christian Bergman, RHP, outrighted to AAA Tacoma.
- Sam Gaviglio, RHP, claimed off waivers by Kansas City.
“With the toll we’ve put on our bullpen, going to those guys so early in games, because our starters haven’t been able to get deep, these guys will all get a chance to pitch,” Servais said. “And they are going to get a chance to pitch in meaningful spots in games. Hopefully they can contribute. We are going to need a couple of these guys to step up.”
Most of the moves were expected. But losing Gaviglio on a waivers claim to the Royals was a small surprise. The Mariners exposed Gaviglio to waivers in an effort to open a 40-man roster spot, but still keep him in the organization. The hope was that he would clear waivers and be outrighted to Tacoma, similar to Bergman. But his limited success — 3-5 with a 4.62 ERA in 11 starts and a relief appearance — and club control made him attractive to Kansas City.
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Phelps was expected to go on the disabled list after leaving Wednesday’s game with elbow discomfort. Because the Mariners placed him on the DL, they were able to bring back Altavilla before his 10-day minimum requirement after being optioned to Tacoma last week.
Both Marjama and Simmons needed to be added to the 40-man roster, taking the spots vacated by Bergman and Gaviglio.
Marjama gives the Mariners a third catcher, which all teams carry in September. Simmons has been slow to recover from a flexor strain suffered in spring training and has dealt with nagging issues in his rehab assignment. The Mariners won’t extend him for multiple innings or pitch on back to back days.
“We are going to be careful with him,” Servais said of Simmons. “He’s had a lot of stuff go on with him. He even had some lower body stuff start bugging him when he was in Tacoma, so we are going to be careful with him. His stuff has been good, but probably no back-to-backs.”
Felix gets back on the mound
Felix Hernandez threw a 27-pitch bullpen on Friday before the game. It was his first time throwing off the mound since going on the disabled list on Aug. 5 with shoulder bursitis. Hernandez threw his fastball and changeup in the session.
“It feels good,” he said. “No pain. I was a little off because I’ve been off for a while. The ball was a little up. But I felt good.”
Hernandez he was at about a 70 to 80 percent effort level and pushing it. The plan is for him to throw another bullpen and then a simulated game.
“And then a game,” he said. “Just straight to the big leagues.”
Will he pitch again for the Mariners this season?
“I’m pretty confident,” he said. “I think maybe two weeks. We need to be healthy if we are going to make a run in September.”
Leake will take Marco Gonzales’ spot in the rotation for at least this turn. Gonzales, who had failed to go five innings in any of his starts with the Mariners, will pitch in long relief in the bullpen.
James Paxton (pectoral strain) and Tony Zych (flexor bundle strain) will throw bullpens on Saturday.