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Mariners' Dillon Thomas: Designated for assignment
Thomas was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Monday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
The 28-year-old was sent to Triple-A Tacoma on July 21, and he'll be removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Jake Fraley (illness), who was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday. Thomas slashed .273/.379/.458 with nine homers, 46 RBI, 30 RBI and seven stolen bases in the minors to begin the year.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Dylan Moore: Takes seat Monday
Moore isn't starting Monday's game against the Rays.
Moore went 1-for-7 with two RBI, a run, a stolen base and three walks while starting in each of the last three games. Jake Fraley will take his place in left field and bat sixth.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Jake Fraley: Activated, starting
Fraley (illness) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Fraley tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-July, and he's been sidelined since then. However, he appeared in four rehab games and went 3-for-11 with two runs, two RBI, a stolen base and four walks. The 26-year-old will start in left field and bat sixth against the Rays on Monday.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Shed Long: Lands on 10-day IL
Long was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shin stress reaction Monday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Long hadn't appeared in any of the last three games, and he's apparently been dealing with an injury. Whether he's forced to miss more than the minimum of 10 days remains to be seen, but his move to the IL will clear room for Jake Fraley (illness), who was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Marcus Wilson: Claimed by Seattle
Wilson was claimed off waivers by the Mariners on Monday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Wilson spent the start of the season at Triple-A Worcester, but he was cast off Boston's 40-man roster at the end of July. The 24-year-old hit .244 with 10 homers, 34 runs, 30 RBI and 10 stolen bases to begin the year, and he'll now report to Triple-A Tacoma.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Marco Gonzales: Robbed of win by bullpen meltdown
Gonzales didn't factor into the decision Sunday in the Mariners' 4-3 loss to the Rangers after working six innings and giving up one run on five hits and no walks while striking out four.
After submitting his first quality start since June 20, Gonzales departed with a 2-1 lead and looked on track to win his third straight decision. Seattle padded its total with another run in the seventh inning, but all of that was for naught when Erik Swanson served up back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth to blow the save. Though he was denied the victory, fantasy managers that were banking on a Gonzales turnaround can take solace in the improved form he displayed Sunday. He came into the outing with a 5.48 ERA and 1.47 WHIP through his first 13 starts of the season.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Shed Long: Playing time trending down
Long remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.
On the bench for the third game in a row, Long appears to have been one of the big losers following the Mariners' trade-deadline acquisition of Abraham Toro. With Toro expected to handle a near-everyday role at second base or designated hitter, Dylan Moore and Jake Bauers have been picking up more work in the corner outfield at Long's expense.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Luis Torrens: On bench Sunday
Torrens is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.
Cal Raleigh is catching, Ty France is playing first base and Mitch Haniger is serving as the designated hitter in the series finale, closing off all of Torrens' avenues to the lineup. The 25-year-old has supplied a .758 OPS since the All-Star break and should still have a fairly clear path to a near-everyday role.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Ty France: Launches 10th homer
France went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Rangers.
He turned around a Spencer Patton fastball to lead off the ninth inning, giving the M's a very temporary reprieve and France his 10th homer of the season. He's hit safely in nine straight games, batting .297 (11-for-37) over that stretch, but that actually counts as cooling down for the streaky 27-year-old -- since the All-Star break he's slashing a sizzling .375/.434/.479.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Kyle Seager: Belts 22nd homer
Seager went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Rangers.
He gave the M's an early lead by taking Taylor Hearn deep in the first inning. Seager has gone yard four times in the last five games while putting together a six-game RBI streak, and since the All-Star break he's slashing .269/.387/.635 with six of his 22 homers on the year.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Diego Castillo: Blows save Saturday
Castillo (2-5) gave up two runs (one earned) without recording an out Saturday to blow his third save of the season in a 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Rangers.
Entering the game in the bottom of the 10th inning with a chance to record his first save as a Mariner, Castillo instead saw Jonah Heim blast a 2-2 slider over the fence in center field for a walkoff homer. The right-hander should get a fairly long leash at closer as the team tries to justify flipping Kendall Graveman to the division-rival Astros in the middle of a playoff chase, but if Castillo continues to struggle in a new uniform, Paul Sewald and Drew Steckenrider remain at the ready for high-leverage work.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Tyler Anderson: No-decision in M's debut
Anderson didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Rangers, allowing three runs on six hits over 5.1 innings. He struck out three without walking a batter.
The southpaw held Texas scoreless for four innings in his Seattle debut before he began to fade, and Anderson exited after 87 pitches (62 strikes). He was in line for the loss before the M's tied it up in the top of the ninth to get him off the hook. Justin Dunn (shoulder) and Justus Sheffield (forearm) are expected to rejoin the rotation at some point in August, which could push Anderson into a long-relief role, but until then the 31-year-old will try to help keep his new club in the wild-card hunt. On the season, he sports a 4.39 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 89:25 K:BB through 108.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Jake Bauers: Remains on bench
Bauers will sit Saturday against the Rangers.
Bauers finds himself on the bench for the second game in a row and the third time in four games. Both of his last two absences have come against lefties like Saturday's starter Taylor Hearn. Dylan Moore starts in left field in his place.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Diego Castillo: Perfect in team debut
Castillo recorded a perfect ninth inning in a win over the Rangers on Friday, an outing that marked his team debut.
Having just been imported from the Rays on Thursday, Castillo didn't have to wait long before making his team debut. The hard-throwing right-hander should be a key part of the closing committee with Seattle. Friday's effort marked his 11th straight scoreless appearance.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Swipes first bag of season
Haniger went 1-for-4 with an RBI fielder's choice and a stolen base in a win over the Rangers on Friday.
Haniger came into the game mired in a 1-for-18 skid over the previous four contests, and while Friday's production wouldn't exactly qualify as a breakout, it was at least a step in the right direction. The stolen base is merely a bonus when it comes to Haniger, as he counts the eight swipes he recorded back in 2018 as a career high.... See More ... See Less
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