Rookie right-hander Shawn Kelley came off the disabled list today and will rejoin the Seattle Mariners bullpen tonight in Boston.
"I was having breakfast with my wife in Kirkland yesterday when they called," Kelley said. "They said 'Go pack' and I did. I flew all day and almost missed a connection, but I'm here and I'm ready to pitch."
The move gives manager Don Wakamatsu another power arm to work the late innings in setting up closer David Aardsma.
To make room for Kelley, the team optioned first baseman Mike Carp back to Tacoma, where he'll play regularly.
Kelley made the team out of spring training and had become a reliable seventh and eighth-inning reliever until he was felled in May by a pulled oblique muscle.
"I only had a month in the big leagues, but I learned so much," he said. "The time I missed seemed a lot longer than the time I played. I'm just glad I've got the whole second half of the season to pitch."
The bullpen now has Aardsma, Mark Lowe, Sean White, Roy Corcoran, Miguel Batista, Kelley and Chris Jakubauskas.