The Mariners granted Caminero his release Friday to allow him to pursue an opportunity in Japan. Caminero throws gas but hasn't been able to put the ball in the strike zone with consistency in four major league seasons. The right-hander made 57 appearances between Pittsburgh and Seattle in 2016, posting a 50:33 K:BB over 60. 2 innings. He turns 30 in June.
Caminero four runs (one earned), four hits and a walk in two-thirds the ninth inning Friday to turn a rout into a close game that forced the Mariners to use two more pitchers, including closer Edwin Diaz. In Caminero's defense, he should have been out of the inning with only one run scoring -- and that came on a double-play -- but an error kept the inning alive. He then gave up a double, single and walk and was yanked. Two more runs scored after he left. Caminero throws in the high-90s and touches 100 mph, but lately he has not been reliable. In his last nine outings (8.2 innings), he's allowed 17 hits, 13 runs, four walks (one intentional) and two homers with six strikeouts.
Caminero was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, Shannon Drayer of MYNorthwest.com reports. Caminero is officially on Seattle's 25-man roster as Taijuan Walker was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move. Caminero owns a respectable 3.51 ERA this season, but has struggled to keep the opposition off base as his WHIP and opponent batting average sit at 1.66 and .289, respectively.
Caminero was traded to the Mariners on Saturday for a player to be named. After struggling with command early on in the season, Caminero has turned in some solid relief appearances since the start of July, compiling a 2.77 ERA and 0.85 WHIP over his last 13 innings for the Pirates. The 29-year-old right hander will now join Seattle and look to bolster their bullpen as the team begins the playoff push.
Caminero struck out four batters in two scoreless innings Friday against the A's. Since returning from the DL on June 11, Caminero has posted a 1.42 ERA with an 11:6 K:BB in 12.2 innings. He's still slotted as a middle-innings reliever, but the improvement he's shown has likely saved his spot in the bullpen.
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