This may seem kind of redundant since he's already been with the Rainiers the last few weeks, but with his rehab time slowly dwindling down LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith has been recalled from his rehab assignment, activated from the 15-day DL and optioned to the Rainiers.
He will start tonight at Cheney Stadium against Las Vegas.
It will be interesting to see how Rowland-Smith looks tonight. I talked to a few people with the Rainiers that thought he was looking much stronger in his last two rehab starts.
"We don't know which direction we're headed as far as the pitching with Morrow. That's a day-to-day thing," Wakamatsu said. "We still see Rowland-Smith as a big part of our future and he's more than likely going to be up here later in the year. But it's just matter of continuing to let him develop, getting confidence in his pitches and building his pitch-count up."
When asked if Rowland-Smith was disappointed, Wakamatsu said he was a little.
"I'm sure he is. I talked to him at the golf tournament a little bit and Rick (Adair)talked to him at length about the situation and asked him to just be patient," Wakamatsu said. "With Morrow pitching up here, we are going down that road and he just needs to be patient."
Wakamatsu said that with only 11 pitchers on the staff, the Mariners could have called up Rowland-Smith to help the bullpen today, but they chose not to.
"One of the biggest things was not set him back - to have him come up here and sit and in a couple of weeks if we need a starter at that time," Wakamatsu said. "We'd rather have him stay down there and continue to pitch and see how that goes."
Wakamatsu was asked about RRS' velocity which had been in 84-85 in his first couple of starts.
"He's back up 89-91 in his velocity, which is a couple of miles an hour faster than his first couple of outings so he's headed in the right direction," Wakamatsu said. "He just needs to pitch. He hasn't pitched a whole lot this year."
Rowland-Smith was originally placed on the 15-day disabled list April 15, retroactive to April 11, with triceps tendonitis.
Rowland-Smith was placed on a rehabilitation assignment prior to his start in Tacoma on May 23. He has made five rehab starts with the Rainiers, posting a 1-3, 6.92 mark. While he has allowed 20 earned runs in the five starts, 12 runs came in one game (June 5 vs. Reno). He was recalled from the rehabilitation assignment on Sunday, June 21. Today he was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Tacoma. He is scheduled to be the starting pitcher for the Rainiers in tonight's game in Tacoma.
Rowland-Smith made one start with Seattle this season on April 10 at Oakland. He pitched 3.1 innings, allowing a pair of unearned runs while walking four.