Curtis was optioned to Double-A Arkansas on Monday.
The Mariners needed a spot in the bullpen for recently-activated reliever Steve Cishek, so even though Curtis didn't allow a run in two relief appearances, he'll head back to the level at which he started the year. He'll continue to develop as a bullpen arm, although his strong first impression with Seattle could bode well for his chances of getting a late-season callup.
Curtis pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in Friday's 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays.
The 24-year-old southpaw now has 1.2 scoreless innings to his credit since being called up from Double-A Arkansas on Thursday. Curtis had posted a 3.21 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB over 14 innings across 10 appearances in the minors before arriving in Seattle, and could see his role increase as he increasingly gains the trust of manager Scott Servais.
Curtis was recalled from Double-A Arkansas on Thursday, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Curtis held a 3.21 ERA and 0.93 WHIP across 14 innings (10 games) with Double-A Arkansas before earning a promotion to the majors. The 24-year-old saw some time with the Diamondbacks in 2016, but he struggled to a 6.75 ERA and 10:13 K:BB through 13.1 innings (21 games), so he likely won't see anything other than low-leverage innings out of the Mariners' bullpen. Dan Altavilla was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to clear room for Curtis.
The left-hander struggled during his time in the major leagues in 2016, with same-handed hitters doing major damage against him (.310/.459/.586). He was optioned down in late July and was not among the Diamondbacks' September callups. Still, Curtis is just 24 and the M's are light on lefty relievers. He should compete for a job in spring training.
Curtis was optioned to Double-A Mobile on Saturday.
The lefty gave up two runs on two hits (including a home run) while failing to record an out Friday, raising his ERA through 21 appearances to 6.75. He will look to get things ironed out and return to Arizona for at least the final month of the season.
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