Mariners' Jon Niese: Candidate for spot start

Niese, who's 3-1 with a 4.68 ERA over seven appearances (six starts) at Triple-A Tacoma, is a candidate to be called up and make a spot start Tuesday against the Astros in place of Yusei Kikuchi, Greg Johns of reports.

The veteran southpaw last took the hill for the Rainiers in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday, so he'd be on his usual amount of rest if called up. Niese's last major-league appearance came in 2016 with the Mets, a season he finished with a 5.50 ERA and 1.59 WHIP across 121 innings.

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