After Seattle’s win Friday night in Oakland, the Mariners announced that they were sending down three pitchers in Tom Wilhelmsen, Roenis Elias, and Vidal Nuno. The corresponding moves weren’t released until Saturday morning, but now that mystery is solved as they will be recalling RHP Mayckol Guaipe and OF James Jones from Tacoma and will reinstate Rule 5 pick, LHP David Rollins who was serving a suspension.
Jones will only be up for the big club until Monday when the Mariners will activate starter Hisashi Iwakuma from the DL where he has been sidelined since April. He will also get the start Monday taking the place of Elias in the rotation.
Wilhelmsen has struggled mightily as of late out of the bullpen. He has given up at least one run in five of his last seven appearances and has an ERA of 4.68 so far this season. Some time in Triple-A probably won’t hurt.
Nuno, on the other hand, was the second piece that came over from Arizona in the Mark Trumbo trade that has been a disaster for Seattle so far. He hasn’t pitched poorly, with an ERA of 2.53 with Seattle in 10.2 innings pitched. Because they were getting a lefty back, the Mariners didn’t need four lefties in the bullpen.
With Hisashi Iwakuma making his return from the DL, there was a crunch in the rotation and Elias was the odd man out. He did nothing to deserve that, but the move had to be made.
As for the pitchers coming up, David Rollins is a Rule 5 pick that was suspended for PEDs for 80 games and had to be put on the roster or he would have been cut. Guaipe has made one appearance in the Majors this season before being sent back down.
All of the moves were made in time for Saturday’s game in Oakland and all players being brought up will be in uniform.