Whalen was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Whalen tossed two scoreless innings in Saturday's loss to the Rangers, so his demotion to the minors has less to do with his performance than it does the Mariners to desire to get a fresher arm in the bullpen. Max Povse was added to the active roster to assume Whalen's role as the club's long reliever.
Whalen was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday.
As has been the case numerous times this season, Whalen will return to the big leagues to act as a fresh arm in a swingman role. He'll be available for Saturday's game against the Rangers out of the bullpen, so it seems like this trip to the bigs will see him in a long relief role. To make room for him on the active roster, Zac Curtis was sent back to Double-A Arkansas.
Whalen was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Whalen made his Mariners debut in a starting role Saturday against the Red Sox and failed to impress, surrendering five runs on seven hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. Even if he had performed better, the right-hander likely wouldn't have stuck in the rotation beyond Saturday, as James Paxton (forearm) is on track to return from the disabled list later this week. Reliever Ryne Harper was recalled from Triple-A to take Whalen's spot on the active roster.
Whalen will start Saturday's game against the Red Sox, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
It will be his first major league appearance since last season, when he compiled an unimpressive 6.57 ERA over five starts with the Braves. With James Paxton aiming to return to the rotation sometime next week, it appears this will be Whalen's only chance with the team before being shipped back to Triple-A Tacoma, where he has posted a 4.09 ERA through four starts thus far.
Whalen, who was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, could be a candidate to start Saturday against the Red Sox, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
The Mariners have a vacancy in their rotation after Chris Heston was shipped back to the minors following a disastrous start last weekend, so if Whalen goes unused in long relief in the team's next two games, he may be asked to step in as the fifth starter. Even if he ends up starting Saturday and shuts down the Red Sox offense, Whalen may not have much longevity in the rotation, as the Mariners are expected to bring back James Paxton (forearm) from the disabled list May 31. Either Whalen or Sam Gaviglio would likely shift back to the bullpen once Paxton is activated.
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