Dugger fired two scoreless innings in a loss to the Astros on Monday, allowing two hits while not issuing any walks or recording any strikeouts. Dugger was able to preserve some of his fellow relievers' arms by handling the final pair of frames after being recalled from the alternate training site earlier in the day. The 25-year-old was making his Mariners regular-season debut and could stick as a multi-inning option out of the bullpen for the time being, but he's likely to handle mostly low-leverage work.
Dugger was recalled by the Mariners on Monday. Dugger joined the major-league club as the 27th man for a doubleheader in mid-April, but he'll now rejoin the bullpen after left-hander Nick Margevicius (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday. Dugger made four appearances (one start) for Miami last year and posted a 12.66 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in 10.2 innings.
Dugger was optioned to the alternate training site after Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles. The 25-year-old joined the club as the 27th man for the doubleheader, and he'll return to the alternate site as expected. Dugger did not make an appearance in either contest Thursday.
Dugger's contract was selected Thursday, and he'll be the 27th man for the day's doubleheader against the Orioles. He was cast off the 40-man roster in February but is back to add bullpen depth for a day. Dugger could be designated for assignment again the next time Seattle needs to add someone to the 40-man roster.
Dugger cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. With a 7.40 ERA and a 13.7 percent strikeout rate in 45 career major-league innings, Dugger was always a strong bet to pass through waivers unclaimed. He'll remain in Mariners camp as a non-roster invitee but is now an even longer shot than before to break camp with the team.
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