Erasmo Ramirezs 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.
Thats a fair assessment, manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledged prior to Wednesdays series finale against Houston. Im not sure what were going to do right now.
The Mariners have already moved right-hander Brandon Maurer into Ramirezs slot for Sundays 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 Ive got for strikes. And I was ahead in the count.