Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez’s yo-yo season continues Wednesday when he will be officially recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to start the 12:40 p.m. series finale against Texas at Safeco Field.
Ramirez, 24, is making his sixth tour with the big-league club and will be making his 14th start. He beat the Angels in the Mariners second game of the season, but is 0-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 starts since that victory.
“We’ve called him up a couple of times,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He’s pitched well for us. He’s given us opportunities to win ballgames. He’s probably our most experienced guy down there.
“He’s throwing the best down there. This is an opportunity that he’s certainly earned.”
Ramirez, 24, is 5-5 with a 3.63 ERA in 14 starts at Tacoma, including going 3-1 and 1.93 in his past five starts.
The Mariners required a starter for Wednesday after McClendon opted to take advantage of Thursday’s open date to give every member of his rotation two extra days of rest prior to their next outing.
“This is how I explained it to them,” McClendon said. “‘Listen, I know it messes your routine up a little bit.’ Not a lot, because they can double-sideline or whatever. A lot of times, Felix (Hernandez) doesn’t even sideline.
“But I said, ‘Last month, I managed for September. This month, I’m managing for October.’ I’m trying to keep the big picture in mind. This is absolutely the right thing to do.
“If we go to where we hope we can go, those innings will get way up there. When you have an opportunity to freshen them up like this, you have to take advantage of it.”
The Mariners must make a corresponding roster move to clear space for Ramirez. But any player optioned to the minors isn’t likely to be affected by the 10-day stay normally required before being eligible for a recall.
Players can be recalled as soon as their minor league club completes its season. Unless Tacoma can overcome a five-game deficit with seven games remaining, its season will end on Monday.
The Mariners’ revised rotation positions Hernandez, Chris Young and Hisashi Iwakuma to pitch this weekend against Washington. Roenis Elias, James Paxton and Hernandez will pitch Monday to Wednesday at Oakland.
BELTRE NEEDLES HERNANDEZ
Former Mariner Adrian Beltre continued his eternal sparring match with friend and former teammate Felix Hernandez after learning the Mariners’ adjusted rotation means Hernandez won’t face the Rangers on Wednesday.
“Well, he chickened out,” Beltre said. “I was saving my hits for that game. But if he’s scared, well, OK. We still have them (next week) in Arlington. Maybe he will get his chance there.”
Beltre is 10-for-34 in his career against Hernandez with one homer and two RBIs.
Right fielder Chris Denorfia was scratched from the lineup prior to batting practice because of a stiff neck. The revised order put Endy Chavez in right field against Texas right-hander Nick Martinez.
Denorfia is batting .244 (11-for-45) in 16 games since arriving in a July 31 trade that sent minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte and right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen to San Diego.
Third baseman D.J. Peterson, generally viewed as the Mariners’ top non-pitching prospect, heads a list of six players who will play for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League.
The AFL bills itself as a finishing school for top prospects. Each of its six clubs is stocked with players from five different organizations. The schedule begins Oct. 7 and runs through a Nov. 15 title game.
Also ticketed for the Saguaros: catcher John Hicks, infielder Patrick Kivlehan and three right-handed pitchers: Matt Anderson, Matt Brazis and Stephen Landazuri. The Mariners will send another pitcher at a later date.
The Mariners are still debating their personnel additions in September, when the rules permit clubs to expand their rosters from 25 to 40 players. But McClendon said those additions will include a third catcher.
That means a space-clearing move because the club has only two catchers on its 40-man roster — and both, Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre, are already on the big-league roster.
The likeliest addition is veteran Humberto Quintero, who is batting .298 at Tacoma with three homers and 26 RBIs in 70 games. Quintero, 35, spent 22 games last season with the Mariners.
The Mariners, who lost Monday, entered Tuesday on a streak of not losing back-to-back games since a four-game skid from July 22-25. ... First baseman Logan Morrison, prior to Tuesday, had hit in 22 of his past 23 games and was batting .352 in August. That was third among American League hitters behind Detroit’s Victor Martinez (.363) and Boston’s David Ortiz (.361.). ... The Mariners, prior to Tuesday, have 20 of their 71 victories from rookie pitchers: Roenis Elias (nine), Dominic Leone (seven), James Paxton (three) and Taijuan Walker (one).
It was two years ago Wednesday — Aug. 27, 2012 — that Felix Hernandez recorded his fourth 1-0 complete-game victory of the season with a five-hitter at Minnesota.
All four of those 1-0 complete-game victories came in a two-month span. His previous gems that year: June 28 at Boston, Aug. 4 at the New York Yankees and his Aug. 15 perfect game against Tampa Bay at Safeco Field.
Hernandez became the first pitcher to record four 1-0 complete-game victories in the same season since Bert Blyleven did it with the 1976 Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers.
Maybe it took a toll.
Hernandez was 0-4 in six September starts with a 6.62 ERA and finished the 2012 season at 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA.
The Mariners and Rangers conclude their three-game series at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday at Safeco Field.
Seattle right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (1-5, 4.06 ERA) will make the spot start against Texas right-hander Colby Lewis (8-11, 5.54).
The Mariners have an open date Thursday before concluding their homestand with three weekend games against Washington.