The Mariners made a roster move calling up reliever Josh Lueke up from Triple A Tacoma before today's game. To make room for Luekie, infielder Kyle Seager was optioned back to the Rainiers.
After the extra innings game the other day and series with Red Sox and Yankees in the coming days, an extra arm in the bullpen is necessary.
As for Seager, he struggled a little. But he never got consistent playing time. It's clear that the Mariners are showcasing Chone Figgins, holding out slim hope that somebody, anybody, might want to pick him up for some depth.
Expect Seager to be back sooner than later.
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Lueke, 26, was 2-4, with 11 saves and a 2.76 ERA in 30 games with the Rainiers. He made the big league club out of spring training this season, his first time in the Majors. In 8 games, he has posted a 1-1 record with a 17.05 ERA (6.1 IP, 12 ER) prior to being optioned to Tacoma on April 25.
Seager, 23, was selected to Seattle from Tacoma on July 6. In 7 games, he was 3-for-22 (.136) with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. Prior to joining the Mariners, he appeared in 12 games with Tacoma, batting .455 (25x55) with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 12 RBI. Prior to being promoted to Tacoma, Seager hit .312 (83x266) with 25 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 37 RBI in 66 games with Jackson.