McClain was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
McClain, who was claimed off waivers in January, was never a favorite to break camp with the Phillies. In his first taste of big-league action with the Mariners last season, the righty posted a 6.00 ERA and 11:13 K:BB in 21 innings.
McClain was claimed off waivers by the Phillies on Friday.
McClain did very little in his first taste of big-league action with the Mariners last season, posting a 6.00 ERA and an 11:13 K:BB in 21 innings of work. He won't be a favorite to break camp with the Phillies this season.
McClain was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
McClain threw 21 innings in his big-league debut last season but failed to impress. He finished with a 6.00 ERA and an 11:13 K:BB. Nick Margevicius was claimed off waivers from the Padres in a corresponding move.
McClain will open Friday's game at Houston, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
McClain has a 3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9:7 K:BB through 14 innings and will be tabbed for his second start of the season. Tommy Milone is scheduled to work as Friday's primary pitcher.
McClain (0-1) allowed a run on a hit and two walks in one-third of an inning, taking the loss versus the Blue Jays on Saturday.
McClain entered with one on and one out, but he allowed the inherited runner to score and then gave up another run on a Rowdy Tellez double. The 26-year-old has a 4.50 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across six appearances since he was called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Aug. 2.
McClain will serve as the opener for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
McClain has logged six innings out of the bullpen since his contract was selected from Triple-A Tacoma on Aug. 2, and he'll now have an opportunity to open a game for the first time. The right-hander owns a 4.50 ERA and 1.00 WHIP during his brief tenure with the Mariners after making stops at all three levels directly below the majors this season.
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