Festa will start Wednesday's bullpen game against Houston, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Festa has made two appearances since being recalled from the minors last week, allowing three hits and no runs over 2.2 innings, and is set to "open" Wednesday's series finale before giving way to another Mariners reliever. Across 45 relief appearances with Triple-A Tacoma in 2018, he posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with 68 strikeouts in 50 innings. This will mark his fifth career outing, and first start, at the major-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.
Festa was called up by the Mariners on Saturday. Festa appeared once for the Mariners back in July, getting a pair of outs without giving up a run. He's spent the rest of the season at Double-A Arkansas, tossing 43.1 innings of relief with a 2.70 ERA. Christian Bergman was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move.
Festa was sent back to Double-A Arkansas on Sunday. Festa was up for just two days, making his big-league debut Saturday against the Rockies. He got two outs while giving up a pair of hits. He'll head back to Double-A, where he's been serving as Arkansas' closer.
Festa was called up from Double-A Arkansas on Saturday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The 25-year-old right-hander was serving as the closer for Arkansas, going 13-for-13 in save chances and totaling 44 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. He will be at the bottom of the pecking order in Seattle and may end up being sent back down after the break, but now that he's on the 40-man roster, Festa figures to spend all of September with the big-league team.