In an anticipated move, the Mariners placed left-handed pitcher Dillon Overton on the paternity list prior to Monday’s season opener against the Houston Astros and filled his roster spot by recalling right-hander Chase De Jong from Triple-A Tacoma.
"I’m definitely buying them a baby gift," De Jong said. "It’s incredible to get this opportunity and to here for opening day, I mean, come on. I’m just really trying to enjoy this. I don’t think it has fully hit me yet.
"Go out there for the anthem, I think it might hit me fully then. I’m just trying to soak it all in."
De Jong took part Sunday in the Mariners’ workout at Minute Maid Park, while Overton was with his wife, Morgan, who is expected to give birth Tuesday to the couple’s first child.
The paternity list allows a player to miss one-to-three games.
De Jong, 23, was issued uniform No. 35 and has never appeared in a big-league game.
"This is where you want to stay," he said. "This is the end goal, and this is where you want to stay. It’s going to motivate me every single day, no matter where I am, to be here and stay here. It’s an incredible motivator."
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