As The Roster Turns

The Rainiers lost Tuesday night’s game in Memphis, 7-4. You can read about it in the first link down below.

Tacoma’s roster took a major change in the last 36 hours, so let’s get caught up.

The Mariners have decided to release two veteran right-handed relievers who were having trouble this season, as both Zach Miner and Mike MacDougal were let go.

Miner, 32, had a strong spring and nearly made the Mariners opening day roster as the long man in the bullpen. Once he was sent to Triple-A, however, he posted an 8.60 ERA and allowed 57 hits in 37.2 innings pitched.

The 37-year-old MacDougal was brought in for a look on May 10, and appeared in 12 games with an 8.25 ERA. He pitched scoreless ball in three of his last four outings, but apparently the Mariners felt he was unlikely to contribute in the majors.

The two pitchers are replaced on the active roster by Taijuan Walker (who was officially optioned to Tacoma) and Clay Rapada (who was activated from the disabled list).

Tacoma’s starting rotation now, in order starting today, is Andrew Carraway, Jordan Pries, James Gillheeney, Walker and Matt Palmer.

The team also made a move that should really help the offense: infielder Chris Taylor was activated from the disabled list, and he started last night at shortstop.

Despite playing in his first game in nearly a month, Taylor went 1-for-3 with a double and was even intentionally walked (in a bizarre decision that didn’t work, with Memphis leading 3-2 in the fifth inning and the red-hot Jabari Blash on deck and no change in the platoon advantage).

Taylor has now reached base with a hit or a walk in 30 straight games, and he has a nine-game hitting streak which spans a four-week disabled list stay.

To make room for Taylor on the roster, utility infielder Patrick Brady was transferred to High Desert. I’m sure we’ll see Brady again in the future – he’s filling the organization infielder role that Leury Bonilla held down for years before settling in at Triple-A.

Now we’re caught up on the roster – for the moment. Logan Morrison‘s rehab stint is just about over, so we’ll probably have some news on that later today.

Wednesday’s game starts at 5:05 (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 4:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (2-4, 4.61) against Memphis RHP Scott McGregor (1-6, 6.22).

Links:

  • The details from last night’s game can be found in the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners lost to Derek Jeter and the Yankees, 3-2.
  • Todd Dybas fills in on the Mariners Notebook today.
  • Former Cy Young Award winner Bob Welch passed away yesterday, and John McGrath has a remembrance.
  • Larry Stone wrote a column on Jeter. In case you weren’t aware, Jeter played the game the right way.
  • In the PCL, River Cats legend Michael Taylor drove in two runs to help Sacramento beat Omaha, 3-2.
  • Nashville walked-off Reno with a 2-1 victory for the second day in a row – this time Jeremy Hermida had the game-ending hit. Reno now trails first-place Sacramento by one game in the standings.
  • Fresno had a strong start from the improving Mike Kickham in a 3-2 win over Iowa. The game had a dramatic finish.
  • Las Vegas infielder Omar Quintanilla came a single away from hitting for the cycle in a 9-3 win at Colorado Springs. Alert: we have a typo in the headline! The Sky Sox pitching staff has been raided by the Rockies.
  • Salt Lake had a bullpen day, and it was brilliant: five relief pitchers combined to shut out Oklahoma City on just four hits.
  • New Orleans continued its hot play, shutting out El Paso 10-0 in Texas. The Zephyrs are on a 15-4 stretch.
  • Round Rock picked up a 7-5 win at Albuquerque. The link has a note that the humidor in Albuquerque appears to be having an impact.

That’s it for today – I’m off to lunch.

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