Altavilla was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Altavilla joined the Mariners for the season-opening series in Japan against the Athletics and allowed one hit and one walk while pitching one-third of an inning. The 26-year-old has been shuttled between Triple-A and the majors over the last three seasons and has a 3.28 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 85:36 K:BB across 79.2 major-league innings. Altavilla is likely to have a similar role with Seattle again in 2019.
Altavilla was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and sent down to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.
In order to make room for Altavilla on the 40-man roster, Juan Nicasio (knee) was shifted to the 60-day DL. Altavilla has been sidelined since early June due to a Grade 2 flexor mass strain, though he did appear in five rehab outings with Tacoma over the past two weeks. He will remain with the Rainiers but could rejoin the big-league roster in the near future with rosters set to expand this weekend.
Altavilla (forearm) allowed three earned runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning in Triple-A Tacoma's win over El Paso on Saturday. He now has an 18.90 ERA over the 3.1 innings encompassing his current rehab stint, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports.
Although the Rainiers ultimately pulled out the victory, Altavilla was charged with a blown save after failing to protect the 4-2 lead he inherited when entering the game in the seventh. The right-hander a single and a trio of doubles during his time on the mound, making it his fourth rocky outing in as many minor-league appearances during his current rehab. Despite the reliever's struggles, manager Scott Servais managed to find the silver lining when commenting Sunday. "The stuff looked OK, velocity-wise is typically what you see out of Danny," Servais said. "The location and executing pitches, not quite there yet, but he'll have a couple more of those rehab starts."
Altavilla (forearm) will work more rehab outings after allowing three earned runs on four hits and a walk over 1.2 innings across his first two appearances for Triple-A Tacoma last Wednesday and Saturday.
Altavilla described his efforts as just "okay" so far, with the right-hander taking the loss in his most recent appearance against Fresno after giving up a solo home run to Jack Mayfield during his one inning of work. The 25-year-old has been sidelined since June 6, so some early struggles after more than two months off are to be expected. Altavilla is likely slated for at least 3-to-4 more appearances at minimum with the Rainiers before he's seriously considered for activation, with that timeline naturally fluid depending on his performances and personnel needs at the big-league level.
Altavilla (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.
Altavilla is expected to pitch an inning of work during Wednesday's game against Albuquerque, in what figures to be the start of a lengthy rehab assignment. This will mark his first appearance in a game since June 6.
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