Rasmussen has elected to retire. The 26-year-old is calling it a career after six seasons of professional ball. He had two short stints in the major leagues in which he posted a combined 6.75 ERA.
Rasmussen was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Rasmussen is one of two left-handed relievers claimed by the Angels on Wednesday, joining Bobby LaFromboise. He pitched for the Blue Jays and Mariners last season before being DFA'd by Seattle earlier in December, posting a 9.98 ERA in 15.1 innings of work.
Rasmussen was designated for assignment Monday. With the signing of Steve Cishek, the Mariners needed to make room on the 40-man roster and Rasmussen was the casualty. He struggled mightily in limited time in the big leagues last season, working to a 9.98 ERA in 15.1 innings but had success in the minors, so he could find himself back with the parent club at some point.
The Mariners have placed reliever Joe Beimel on the disabled list with arm fatigue and promoted fellow left-hander Rob Rasmussen from Triple-A Tacoma, per the Tacoma News-Tribune. Beimel has complained about the ailment lately - and he has evidence to prove it. He has allowed an outrageous 10 earned runs and five home runs over his last 1 2/3 innings to send his ERA soaring from 2.50 to 4.78. Rasmussen was just sent down by Seattle on Monday after compiling an awful 14.09 ERA.
An overworked bullpen has motivated the Mariners to promote left-handed reliever Edgar Olmos from Triple-A Tacoma and send fellow reliever Rob Rasmussen to the same team, MLB.com has reported. Rasmussen has pitched in three straight games. He has also performed terribly lately with 11 runs on 12 hits allowed over his last four innings pitched. His ERA has soared from 2.45 to 14.09 during that stretch.