Festa was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma following Friday's game against the Twins. Festa's latest stay on the big-league roster lasted less than a day. He allowed a run on two hits while striking out two in a pair of innings Friday. He'll make way for Wade LeBlanc (oblique), who returned from the injured list to start Saturday's contest.
Festa was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. Festa got shelled in his last two outings with the Mariners at the beginning of April (five runs over 1.2 innings), but he's being given another shot with Seattle's bullpen. Erik Swanson was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Festa was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Festa started off the season with 7.1 scoreless innings and three holds over his first five outings, but gave up five runs in his last two games. The 26-year-old spent the bulk of last season at Double-A Arkansas and had a 2.16 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 67:12 K:BB over 49 innings.
Festa is one of several candidates for closing opportunities during Hunter Strickland's (lat) absence, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Festa put together an impressive major-league cameo in 2018, generating a 2.16 ERA across 8.1 innings over eight appearances, including one start. The 26-year-old right-hander has already gotten the new season off to a strong start as well, firing 2.2 scoreless innings over his first pair of appearances. Festa racked up 20 saves for Double-A Arkansas last season before his promotion, so he does bring ninth-inning experience to the table, albeit at the minor-league level.
Festa was recalled from Double-A Arkansas on Tuesday. The 25-year-old has allowed one run in 2.2 innings at the big-league level so far this season. He threw 49 innings for Arkansas, posting a solid 2.76 ERA. He'll be an additional low-leverage arm in an expanded September bullpen for the Mariners down the stretch.