SEATTLE — Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez’s yo-yo season continues Wednesday when he will be recalled, officially, from Triple-A Tacoma to start the 12:40 p.m. series finale against Texas at Safeco Field.
Ramirez, 24, is making his sixth tour with the big-league club and will be making his 14th start. He beat the Angels in the season’s second game but is 0-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 starts since that victory.
“We’ve called him up a couple of times,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He’s pitched well for us. He’s given us opportunities to win ballgames. He’s probably our most experienced guy down there.
“He’s throwing the best down there. This is an opportunity that he’s certainly earned.”
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Ramirez, 24, is 5-5 with a 3.63 ERA in 14 starts at Tacoma, including 3-1 and 1.93 in his last five starts.
The Mariners required a starter for Wednesday after McClendon opted to take advantage of Thursday’s open date to give every member of his rotation two extra days of rest prior to their next outing.
“This is how I explained it to them,” McClendon said. “`Listen, I know it messes your routine up a little bit.’ Not a lot, because they can double-sideline or whatever. A lot of times, Felix (Hernandez) doesn’t even sideline.
“But I said, `Last month, I managed for September. This month, I’m managing for October.’ I’m trying to keep the big picture in mind. This is absolutely the right thing to do.
“If we go to where we hope we can go, those innings will get way up there. When you have an opportunity to freshen them up like this, you have to take advantage of it.”
The Mariners must make a corresponding roster move to clear space for Ramirez. But any player optioned to the minors isn’t likely to be affected by the 10-day stay normally required before being eligible for a recall.
Players can be recalled as soon as their minor-league club completes its season. Unless Tacoma can overcome a five-game deficit with seven games remaining, its season will end on Monday.
The Mariners’ revised rotation positions Hernandez, Chris Young and Hisashi Iwakuma to pitch this weekend against Washington. Roenis Elias, James Paxton and Hernandez will pitch Monday to Wednesday at Oakland.
BELTRE NEEDLES HERNANDEZ
One-time Mariner Adrian Beltre continued his eternal sparring match with friend and former teammate Felix Hernandez after learning the Mariners’ adjusted rotation means Hernandez won’t face the Rangers on Wednesday.
“Well, he chickened out,” Beltre said. “I was saving my hits for that game. But if he’s scared, well, OK. We still have them (next week) in Arlington. Maybe he will get his chance there.”
Beltre is 10-for-34 in his career against Hernandez with one homer and two RBIs
Right fielder Chris Denorfia was scratched from the lineup prior to batting practice because of a stiff neck. The revised order put Endy Chavez in right field against Texas right-hander Nick Martinez.
Denorfia is batting .244 (11-for-45) in 16 games since arriving in a July 31 trade that sent minor-league outfielder Abraham Almonte to San Diego.
FALL LEAGUE INVITES
Third baseman D.J. Peterson, generally viewed as the Mariners’ top non-pitching prospects, heads a list of six players who will play for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League.
The AFL bills itself as a finishing school for top prospects. Each of its six clubs is stocked with players from five different organizations. The schedule begins Oct. 7 and runs through a Nov. 15 title game.
Also ticketed for the Saguaros: catcher John Hicks, infielder Patrick Kivlehan and three right-handed pitchers: Matt Anderson, Matt Brazis and Stephen Landazuri. The Mariners will send another pitcher at a later date.
*Peterson, 22, was the Mariners’ first-round pick in 2013 and is playing at Double-A Jackson after opening the season at Hi-A High Desert. He is batting a combined .296 with 28 homers and 104 RBIs in 117 games.
*Hicks, who turns 25 on Sunday, was a fourth-round pick in 2011. He is currently at Triple-A Tacoma after opening the year at Jackson. He is batting .292 with five homers and 46 RBIs in 77 games.
*Kivelhan, 24, was a fourth-round pick in 2012. He is currently at Jackson after opening the season at High Desert and is batting .296 with 20 homers and 101 RBIs in 132 games.
*Anderson, 22, was signed on Aug. 3, 2012 as a non-drafted free agent. He is a combined 6-7 with a 5.06 ERA in 25 games, including 20 starts, at Jackson and High Desert.
*Brazis, 24, was a 28th-round pick in 2012. He is 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 37 relief appearances at Jackson and High Desert.
*Landazuri, 22, was a 22nd-round pick in 2010. He is 6-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 18 starts at Jackson.
The Mariners are still debating their personnel additions in September, when the rules permit clubs to expand their rosters from 25 to 40 players. But McClendon said those additions will include a third catcher.
That means a space-clearing move because the club has only two catchers on its 40-man roster — and both, Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre, are already on the big-league roster.
The likeliest addition is veteran Humberto Quintero, who is batting .298 at Tacoma with three homers and 26 RBIs in 70 games. Quintero, 35, spent 22 games last season with the Mariners.
The Mariners, who lost Monday, entered Tuesday on a streak of not losing back-to-back games since a four-game skid from July 22-25…First baseman Logan Morrison, prior to Tuesday, had hit sin 22 of his last 23 games and was batting .352 in August. That was third among American League hitters behind Detroit DH Victor Martinez (.363) and Boston DH David Ortiz (.361.)…The Mariners, prior to Tuesday, have 20 of their 71 victories from rookie pitchers: Roenis Elias (nine), Dominic Leone (seven), James Paxton (three) and Taijuan Walker (one).
It was two years ago Wednesday — Aug. 27, 2012 — that Felix Hernandez recorded his fourth 1-0 complete-game victory of the season with a five-hitter at Minnesota.
All four of those 1-0 complete-game victories came in a two-month span. His previous gems: June 28 at Boston, Aug. 4 at New York and his Aug. 15 perfect game against Tampa Bay at Safeco Field.
Hernandez became the first pitcher to record four 1-0 complete-game victories in the same season since Bert Blyleven with the 1976 Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers.
Maybe it took a toll.
Hernandez was 0-4 in six September starts with a 6.62 ERA. He finished the 2012 season at 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA.
The Mariners and Rangers conclude their three-game series at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday at Safeco Field.
Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (1-5 with a 4.06 ERA) will be recalled officially from Tacoma prior to the game to make the start. Texas will start right-hander Colby Lewis (8-11, 5.54).
The Mariners have an open date Thursday before concluding their homestand with three weekend games against Washington.