Reliever Nick Rumbelow was optioned to Class AAA Tacoma

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John Andreoli was already hanging out Safeco Field, so why not call him up and use him for at least one or games.

On Saturday morning, the Mariners officially recalled Andreoli from Class AAA Tacoma and placed him in the starting lineup for that afternoon’s game against the Rockies and left-handed starting pitcher Kyle Freeland. Reliever Nick Rumbelow was optioned to Class AAA Tacoma to make room for Andreoli.

Andreoli arrived in Seattle on Friday and was placed on the taxi squad as possible call-up. With Mitch Haniger bruising his knee in a collision with the wall in right field on Thursday night, the Mariners brought up Andreoli in case Haniger was going to miss more than a few games.  The Mariners wanted to make sure they had a right-handed hitter to face Freeland, who is tough on left-handed hitters.

But with Haniger able to play on Saturday, the Mariners added Andreoli as a bonus to their roster. It will be his second stint with the Mariners this season.  He made his Major League debut with the Mariners on May 23 at Oakland after being selected from Class AAA Tacoma prior to the game. In his debut, he went 1-for-3 with a walk and made a sliding catch in right field to rob a possible hit, helping preserve a win.  Andreoli, 28, has spent most of the season with the Rainiers, hitting .283 (64 for 226) with 14 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 25 RBI, 33 walks, 14 stolen bases and a .380 on-base percentage in 60 games.

Rumbelow gave up a run in Friday night’s loss to the Rockies. In six relief appearances, he posted a 4.91 ERA (4 ER, 7.1 IP) with seven strikeouts and a walk.