Infielder/outfielder Taylor Motter was optioned back to Class AAA Tacoma to make room for Miranda. Mike Zunino and Ryon Healy are progressing in their recoveries
The Mariners made it official on Tuesday afternoon — left-hander Ariel Miranda will start on Tuesday night vs. the Houston Astros at Safeco Field.
The organization announced Miranda had been recalled from Class AAA Tacoma and added to the 25-man roster. To make room for Miranda, infielder/outfielder Taylor Motter was optioned back to Class AAA Tacoma. This the first time the team has needed a No. 5 starter this season.
“We had the one today and there will be more coming shortly,” manager Scott Servais said of the roster moves.
Miranda, 29, has made two starts — one for High-A Modesto and another for Class AAA Tacoma — posting a 4.00 ERA with five walks and seven strikeouts in nine innings pitched. Miranda made 29 starts and two relief appearances for the Mariners last season, posting an 8-7 record with a 5.12 ERA and a whopping 37 homers allowed.
Motter, 28, hit .267 (4 for 15) with a home run and a RBI in seven games with the Mariners. The Mariners had two utility players on the bench. They opted to keep veteran switch-hitter Andrew Romine to fill that role, which was the plan before the season. Romine also does not have minor league options.
“Romey will serve as a our primary utility guy,” Servais said. “I thought Taylor did a nice job. Certainly in the last couple of days, he’s swung the bat much better. He did a decent job at first base. He understands where he is at right now, organizationally. He knows he’ll probably be back to help us. He’s just so versatile. He adds a lot.”
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Motter reported to Tacoma on Tuesday afternoon and was penciled in the lineup for the Rainiers for that night’s game.
Miranda’s stay with the Mariners could be short. Because the team is in a roster crunch and he is only a placeholder in the rotation for Erasmo Ramirez, Miranda seems likely to be optioned back to Class AAA Tacoma after the game to allow the team to activate outfielder Ben Gamel from the disabled list on Wednesday. The Mariners won’t need a No. 5 starter again until Sunday in Texas and it would allow them to keep an eighth reliever while getting Gamel on the field.
“There’s a chance we could see Gamel in this series,” Servais said.
The roster maneuvering will get interesting when they need to activate Erasmo Ramirez from the disabled list for that start on Sunday. The Mariners will either have to remove a reliever or a position player from the roster to make room for him.
*** Mike Zunino (oblique strain) caught five innings for High-A Modesto on Monday night in the first game of his three-game rehab stint. Zunino, batting leadoff, went 1-for-3 with a double.
“Reports were really good,” Servais said. “I talked to Mitch Canham today, he’s the manager in Modesto, and he thought Mike looked great last night.”
Zunino was scheduled to get five at-bats as designated hitter on Tuesday night and then catch close to nine innings on Wednesday. It would be a quick turnaround for Zunino to join the team for Thursday afternoon’s homestand finale against the Astros. But he seems likely to join the team in Texas on Friday.
*** Ryon Healy is going through running progressions to test his sprained right ankle. It’s the final step before he goes out on a rehab assignment. Healy has already been participating in regular pregame workouts and shows no signs of the injury.
“You could see him on a rehab in either Tacoma or Arkansas here in the next few days,” Servais said. “We’ll wait and see how he comes out of it today. He wants to get out and play a few games before we activate him.”