With just three games remaining before the all-star break, the Mariners made a couple roster moves to bolster their depleted bullpen after dropping three games against the hard hitting Red Sox.
The Mariners recalled relievers Hector Noesi and Bobby LaFromboise from Triple A Tacoma and optioned reliever Blake Beavan to Tacoma and starter Erasmo Ramirez to Class A Everett.
Now before you freak out, Ramirez is being sent to Everett because he isn't going to pitch until July 23. The Mariners want him to stay on normal rest and pitch during the all-star break. So that's why he's going to Everett. If a player is sent down, the team must wait 10 days before recalling him - unless a player is placed on the disabled list.
So the Mariners can send Ramirez to Everett, let him pitch on normal rest and then recall him before his first start after the break.
This isn't an indictment on Ramirez or a demotion. Teams make these roster moves all over baseball to keep players on normal rest and in pitching rhythm.
Mariners relievers pitched 15.1 innings in the past three days.
Ramirez will be able to remain on his regular turn with the AquaSox, and Beavan is projected to join the AAA rotation.
LaFromboise, 26, appeared in 3 games with Seattle this season, working a total of 2.1 innings. He did not allow a run in 2 of the 3 games. Overall had no decisions (1 hold) and a 7.71 ERA (2.1 IP, 2 ER). Was 4-0, 3.86 in 29 games with AAA Tacoma.
Noesi, 26, is in his third stint with the Mariners this season (also: April 18-May 17 and May 27-June 5). In seven games with Seattle, Noesi was 0-1, 4.74 (19.0 IP, 10 ER). He has also pitched with AA Jackson (1-0, 0.00 in 2 GS) and Tacoma (2-1, 7.20 in 8 games, 5 GS) this season.