The Mariners, in what amounts to a paper transaction, reinstated lefty reliever Charlie Furbush on Thursday from the 60-day disabled list.
Furbush, 29, didn’t pitch after July 7 because of what was initially diagnosed as biceps tendinitis. A subsequent examination revealed a slight tear in his rotator cuff.
The Mariners placed Furbush on the 60-day list Sept. 8.
Players on the 60-day list, who are not eligible for free agency, must be reinstated to the 40-man roster within five days of the conclusion of the World Series.
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Furbush posted a 2.08 ERA in 33 appearances prior to his injury and stranded all 16 of his inherited runners.
The move leaves the Mariners with 38 players on their 40-man roster.
All teams face a 2 p.m. Pacific time deadline Friday to extend qualifying offers to their free agents in order to receive a compensatory draft pick if the player eventually signs elsewhere.
The Mariners are likely to make such an offer to right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma but are not expected to do so with their two other free agents: outfielder Franklin Gutierrez and lefty reliever Joe Beimel.
All qualifying offers are one-year guaranteed contracts for $15.8 million. The amount is determined by averaging the salaries of the 125 highest-paid players. (The qualifying offers a year ago were $15.3 million.)
Players have until 2 p.m. Pacific time on Nov. 13 to accept or reject the offer. Rejecting an offer does not prevent a player from continuing to negotiate with his former club.
No player has ever accepted a qualifying offer. Clubs lose exclusive negotiating rights with their former players at 9 p.m. Pacific time. Thereafter, players are permitted to sign with new clubs.
Twins’ Hunter says goodbye to playing
Torii Hunter said goodbye to baseball, but only the active playing part, Thursday at a Target Field in Minneapolis.
Hunter closes his career with a .277 lifetime average, 353 home runs and 1,391 RBIs, nine gold gloves and five All-Star appearances. He’s among the top 10 in most Twins career offensive categories, and played in the postseason eight times. He never won a World Championship, however, nor made it to the World Series.
Hunter said he doesn’t know yet what retirement will bring; he’s been contacted about broadcasting, and general manager Terry Ryan said the team had discussed in an abstract way some role for the veteran in the organization. Mostly, Hunter said he wants to spend time with his wife Katrina.
The Kansas City Royals exercised an $8 million option on closer Wade Davis and a $5.25 million option on shortstop Alcides Escobar. They also declined an option on outfielder Jonny Gomes. ... Kirk Gibson has emerged as a candidate to become the Los Angeles Dodgers manager. ... Matt Harvey is the 2015 National League Comeback Player of the Year, as voted on by MLB.com reports and sanctioned by MLB. The right-hander went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 29 starts this season, and helped the Mets to their first World Series appearance in 15 years. ... The Nationals on Wednesday hired Davey Lopes to serve as first base coach and Mike Maddux as pitching coach.
The Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday and Hackensack, N.J. Record contributed to this report.