The need for a fresh arm outweighed having an extra outfielder on the bench today, so the Seattle Mariners designated Ryan Langerhans for assignment and brought up right-hander Jesus Colome from Tacoma.
After being asked to pitch 10 innings over three games, the Mariners bullpen was at risk without a day off on the schedule until next Thursday.
Given that, Colome - the last pitcher cut this spring - will be a long man along with Shawn Kelley and rookie Kanekoa Texeira.
Langerhans, 30, gave the Mariners a left-handed hitting option who can play all three outfield spots. The team now has 10 days to trade, release or outright him to the minor leagues - but the suspicion is a team like the Washington Nationals might claim him.
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For nowk, a 12-man pitching staff seemed unavoidable, with starters going only 18 innings in the first three games, and the Mariners now at the tail end of their rotation with Doug Fister and Jason Vargas.
Neither has a history of going deep into games. Colome is in uniform and available to pitch today.