The Mariners made a minor roster move Wednesday, claiming right-handed pitcher A.J. Schugel off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks and designating left-handed pitcher Tyler Olson for assignment.
The Mariners made a minor roster move Wednesday, claiming right-handed pitcher A.J. Schugel off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. To make room on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Tyler Olson was designated for assignment.
Schugel, 26, made his big-league debut last season, appearing in five games for the Diamondbacks as a reliever (video highlights). He threw a total of nine innings and allowed five runs. He spent much of last season in the minors as a starter. After a brief call-up early in the season in which he made one appearance, Schugel went to Reno, making five starts and going 1-4 with a 12.66 ERA. He was dropped to Class AA Mobile, where he made 12 starts and posted a 7-2 record with a 2.21 ERA. It earned him a promotion back to Reno and later a September call-up.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is familiar with Schugel. As the Angels’ GM Dipoto traded Schugel to the Diamondbacks as a player to be named in the Mark Trumbo trade. He has made 139 minor league appearances and 109 starts, posting a 32-34 record with a 4.04 ERA.
After a strong spring training, Olson made the Mariners’ opening-day roster last season as the second lefty in the bullpen. He appeared in 11 games, going 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA. He was optioned to Class AAA Tacoma but spent some time on the disabled list because of a knee contusion. He appeared in 25 games for the Rainiers, including six starts. He posted a 3-5 record with a 4.47 ERA. Olson, a native of Spokane and a former Gonzaga standout, was selected in the seventh round of the 2013 draft.
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