Mariners notebook: Erasmo Ramirez not certain to remain in rotation

Staff writerApril 23, 2014 

Erasmo Ramirez’s hold on a job in the rotation remains tenuous a day after falling to 1-3 when he gave up three runs in six innings in a 5-2 loss to the Astros.

“That’s a fair assessment,” manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledged prior to Wednesday’s series finale against Houston. “I’m not sure what we’re going to do right now.”

The Mariners have already moved right-hander Brandon Maurer into Ramirez’s slot for Sunday’s game against Texas. A open date Monday could permit the Mariners to skip Ramirez in the rotation.

That would also buy enough time to re-insert Hisashi Iwakuma into the rotation. Iwakuma is slotted Sunday for a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma at Las Vegas (Mets).

Ramirez opened the season by holding the Angels to two runs in seven innings in an 8-3 victory at Anaheim. Since then: 0-3 in four starts while allowing 16 runs and 21 hits in 17 innings.

While Ramirez gave up two homers Tuesday on 0-2 pitches, he believes he turned a corner by closing his outing with four scoreless innings.

“After the last three starts,” he said, “(Tuesday) was way different. I worked every pitch I’ve got for strikes. And I was ahead in the count.”

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