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Top Matthew Festa News

  • Mariners' Matthew Festa: Returns from Tommy John surgery

    Festa (elbow) made his 2021 debut for Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday, tossing a scoreless inning and issuing one walk in a relief appearance.

    Festa has been sidelined most of the season while recovering from March 2020 Tommy John surgery, but he was cleared to begin a rehab assignment in the lower levels of the minors in mid-July and quickly received the green light to rejoin Tacoma. The 28-year-old righty will presumably work out of the Tacoma bullpen for the remainder of the season, as his lack of a 40-man roster spot makes it unlikely that he'll receive a promotion to the Mariners at any point in the next two months.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Will miss 2020 season

    Festa (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2020 season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

    Festa reportedly felt some discomfort after a bullpen session early in spring training, and the team decided surgery was required, ending his 2020 campaign before it started. The right-hander made 20 appearances out of the major-league bullpen in 2019, posting a 5.64 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 22.1 innings, but he'll now focus on recovery in hopes of returning in 2021.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Festa was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma after clearing waivers Monday.

    Festa's 4.70 career ERA in 30.2 big-league innings isn't terrible, but it wasn't enough for another team to take a chance on him on the waiver wire. He'll presumably be opening the year in the minors unless a spot on the 40-man re-opens.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: DFA'd by Mariners

    Festa was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Monday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

    Festa appeared in 22.1 innings in the majors last season, but he struggled with a 5.64 ERA and 1.43 WHIP before he was optioned to the Triple-A level in July. The right-hander found more success with Triple-A Tacoma as he posted a 2.64 ERA over 30.2 innings, but it's unclear whether another team will use a 40-man roster spot to claim him after a lackluster showing in the big leagues in 2019. Outfielder Jose Siri was claimed off waivers by the Mariners in a corresponding move.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Sent back to minors

    Festa was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

    Festa was sent back to the minors to free up a roster spot for Matt Magill, who was added to the active roster prior to Monday's series opener after being acquired from the Twins over the weekend. During his most recent stint with the big club, Festa allowed four runs on four hits (three home runs) while striking out five in three innings.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Rejoins major-league club

    Festa was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    Festa was optioned to the Rainiers earlier in the week but makes his way back to the majors with Brandon Brennan (shoulder) headed to the injured list. Festa has a 5.73 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 9:7 K:BB through 11 innings with the Mariners this year.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Optioned to Triple-A

    Festa was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.

    Festa spent eight days on the big-league roster this time around, allowing one run in two innings of work. He'll make way for Dee Gordon (wrist), who returns from the injured list in a corresponding move.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Back in big leagues

    Festa was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

    Festa is set for his third stint in Seattle this season. He's given up six earned runs in nine innings while posting a 6:5 K:BB. Chasen Bradford (forearm) landed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Sent back to Triple-A

    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.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Promoted to big leagues

    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.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Sent to minors

    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.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Could see closing opportunities

    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.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Works inning in exhibition finale

    Festa turned in a scoreless eighth inning in an exhibition loss to the Padres on Tuesday, allowing two hits and a walk.

    Festa's appearance was a bit rockier than his 2019 regular-season debut last Thursday against the Athletics in Japan, when he'd fired a pair of scoreless frames while allowing a hit and recording a strikeout. The 26-year-old right-hander was a solid performer over a brief sample for the Mariners last season, posting a 2.16 ERA across eight appearances (one start). He'll presumably be relied on as a middle-relief option in the coming season.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Serves as Wednesday's opener

    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.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Recalled by Mariners

    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.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Heads back to Double-A

    Festa was optioned to Double-A Arkansas on Monday.

    Festa spent just two days with the Mariners this time around, allowing a run on three hits and a walk in a two-inning appearance Sunday against the Dodgers. He'll head back to Double-A, where he's spent the majority of his season and has tossed 43.1 innings with a 2.70 ERA.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Called up to big leagues

    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.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Sent back to Double-A

    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.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Receives first big-league callup

    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.

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  • Mariners' Matt Festa: Out with hip issue

    Festa arrived to spring training with a hip/sciatic issue and has not yet thrown, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    While Festa has the stuff to someday pitch in the big leagues, he lacks fantasy relevance as a relief-pitching prospect who has not yet reached Double-A. He logged a 3.23 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 99:19 K:BB in 69.2 innings at High-A last year. Consider him out indefinitely.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Age: 28
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R