The Seattle Mariners are expected to dip into their farm system again this week.
Seattle designated starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman for assignment Monday, giving the club 10 days to trade him, release him or outright his contract to the minor leagues.
Left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take Bonderman’s spot on Seattle’s 25-man roster. That’s likely temporary.
The Mariners unofficially have Erasmo Ramirez — who last pitched Friday for Tacoma — lined up to start Thursday afternoon’s game against the Boston Red Sox.
Seattle manager Eric Wedge said he knows who Thursday’s starter will be, and that he will be coming from Tacoma, but Wedge was not ready to reveal the name on Monday.
General manager Jack Zduriencik mentioned recently that Ramirez would be joining the club soon.
The Mariners could have turned to Blake Beavan, who has been an effective long man out of the bullpen. Beavan had a 3.18 ERA over 17 innings in June.
Bonderman, a native of the Tri-Cities, leaves Seattle after consecutive bumpy starts. Overall, he had a 1-3 record with a 4.93 ERA in seven starts since being promoted from Tacoma on June 2. In his first four starts with the Mariners, he was 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA. He was 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in his last two starts.
“It’s more about who’s coming than (Bonderman’s last two starts),” Wedge said. “When you talk about Bonderman, you have to appreciate what he has done to get back to where he is. We still feel like there is some more work to do there. Again, it’s more about who we are bringing up.”
Luetge is with the Mariners for the third time this season. He went into Monday with an 0-1 record and a 7.15 ERA over 11 innings with Seattle.
He has a paper fortune from a visit to a P.F. Chang’s restaurant on Friday. “Next Monday will be a lucky day for you,” it reads.
Turns out, it was right.
MORSE, GUTTY HEALING
Oufielder/first baseman Michael Morse (quadriceps) and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez (legs) ran and took batting practice Monday. Wedge said those two and relief pitcher Stephen Pryor (lat) will be part of a simulated game Wednesday.
“With Franklin and Michael, let’s see where we are here toward the end of the week and go from there,” Wedge said.
WILHELMSEN GETS TITLE
Tom Wilhelmsen said getting his spot back as the Mariners’ closer didn’t matter to him, but he has it back anyway.
Wedge said Monday that Wilhelmsen is again the closer for the Mariners. Wedge also said he will go to Oliver Perez in certain late-game situations.
WALKER ON THE RISE
Tacoma starter Taijuan Walker, who has been dominant since arriving in Triple A, has moved to No. 7 on Baseball America’s midseason list of top-50 prospects.
Walker is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in three starts for the Rainiers. He has struck out 16 batters in 16 innings.
Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma(7-4, 2.60 ERA) is scheduled to face right-handed Red Sox prospect Allen Webster (1-2, 7.88) at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at Safeco Field. The game will be broadcast on Root Sports and 710-AM.email@example.com