Mariners moves: Franklin, Ramirez sent down; Gillespie promoted

Staff writerApril 24, 2014 

Nick Franklin works out at Cheney Stadium, April 2, 2014.

THOMAS SOERENES — Staff photographer

The Mariners made three roster moves today, sending Nick Franklin back to Triple-A Tacoma, optioning struggling starter Erasmo Ramirez to Single-A High Desert and recalling outfielder Cole Gillespie from the Rainiers.

The Mariners current active roster is 24, which means another move is coming. The Mariners 40-man roster is now full at 40 players.

Gillespie, 29, was batting .362 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 16 games with the Rainiers. The Portland, Oregon, native has appeared in 78 career Major League games with the Diamondbacks (2010-2011), Giants (2013) and Cubs (2013). He was originally selected by the Brewers in the 3rd round of the 2006 June draft out of Oregon State. He was the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year leading the Beavers to the College World Series title.

Franklin, 23, appeared in seven games for the Mariners after being recalled from Tacoma on April 16. He went 2-for-16 (.125) with a triple. He made four starts at four different positions (2B, 3B, DH, RF).

Ramirez, 23, is 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA (18 ER, 24.0 IP) in five starts this season. After earning the win in the Mariners second game of the season vs. the Angels, Ramirez is 0-3 with a 8.47 ERA (16 ER, 17.0 IP) over his last four starts.

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