Povse gave up three earned runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning in Thursday's 9-6 win over the Tigers. He also recorded a strikeout.
After making the leap up from Double-A Arkansas on June 18, Povse received a rather rude welcome to the majors. The towering right-hander was touched up for a 394-foot two-run shot by Miguel Cabrera and a run-scoring single by Justin Upton while firing 31 pitches overall after coming on for fellow rookie Andrew Moore in the eighth. Despite the rough debut, the Mariners have hopes for Povse as a potential multi-inning reliever, considering he's logged 62 starts at the minor-league level.
In order to clear a spot on the 40-man and active roster for Povse, the Mariners designated Dillon Overton for assignment and optioned Rob Whalen to Triple-A Tacoma. Povse has worked exclusively as a starter with Arkansas, registering a 3.46 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 39 innings, but it's expected that he'll work in long relief while he remains with the big club.
Povse (hamstring) allowed three hits and three walks while striking out two during 3.1 innings with Double-A Arkansas on Wednesday.
This marks Povse's first appearance since landing on the disabled list in late May. Although he started Wednesday's contest, the Mariners are in the process of converting the 23-year-old to a bullpen role. If all goes well, Povse could be on a fast track to the majors as a reliever.
Povse, who was being converted to a relief role at Double-A Arkansas, is on the minor-league DL with a hamstring strain, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
He will obviously return in the coming weeks from the hamstring injury, but the bigger news is that the Mariners are converting Povse to a bullpen role. In seven starts at Double-A he had logged a 3.82 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 30:11 K:BB in 35.1 innings. The Mariners famously converted Edwin Diaz from a starter to a reliever at Double-A last season, and he needed just 10 appearances out of the bullpen before he was promoted to the big leagues and began his dominant 51.2-inning run that cemented his status as a top-15 closer heading into this season. Povse's stuff isn't quite as electric, but he could move quickly now that he is being developed as a reliever.
Povse is 3-1 with a 3.51 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 33.1 innings with Double-A Arkansas.
The towering righty got into at least the sixth inning in his first four starts before running into trouble against Springfield in an April 30 outing. Povse was touched up for seven earned runs in that appearance, but has otherwise given up one or no earned runs in four other trips to the mound. He's also done an excellent job of keeping the ball in the yard, surrendering just one home run while generating a 29:11 K:BB and a .210 BAA.
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