After a three game hiatus while attending his sister’s funeral, Seattle Mariners’ manager Lloyd McClendon is back for Seattle’s home series versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and some roster moves came along with his return.
Following a short stint in the Majors for the second time this season, RHP Mayckol Guaipe has been optioned to AAA Tacoma. Guaipe got the loss in Wednesday’s game versus the Tigers and gave up four runs in his two appearances this week.
In addition, the Mariners placed LHP Charlie Furbush on the 15-day DL with left biceps tendinitis. This is a fairly significant loss to the bullpen as Furbush has been one of their best relievers and works as a lefty specialist. This may mean an increased role for LHP’s Joe Beimel and/or David Rollins.
Furbush has already said he feels better after he felt some discomfort throwing on Wednesday. With the All Star break, he will rest up and should be back during the road trip after the break.
Along with the bullpen moves, the Mariners have also recalled 1B/DH Jesus Montero as well from AAA Tacoma. Montero has been one of the best hitters in the PCL as he has hit .332 with 68 RBIs. This move makes sense right now as the Mariners will face three lefty starters in this four-game series vs. Anaheim.
“It means a lot. It means hard work pays off. It was hard, but I’m happy to be here. I just want to have fun up here, too,” Montero said at his media session since the recall.
The corresponding move was sending starter LHP J.A. Happ to Single-A Bakersfield. Happ made the start Wednesday for Seattle and with the All Star break coming up, he will not pitch again before then which is why he is being optioned.
One other note, Austin Jackson who exited Wednesday’s game with back spasms will be unavailable for Thursday night’s game, but could be back Friday and should avoid the DL.