Mark Lowe was optioned to Triple A Tacoma today and replaced on the roster by reliever Randy Messneger. One of the main reasons is that Lowe will be unavailable for the next few days after taking a line drive off the foot from Frank Thomas. The Mariners needed an arm in the bullpen. Still, Lowe has been a little off as of late.
This month he has allowed 14 earned runs on 20 hits in his last nine games (8.2 IP) to raise his ERA from 4.08 on July 30 to 5.73.
Messenger is a veteran reliever with plenty of big league experience. He was picked up midseason by the Rainiers.
Here's the official release from the Ms.
SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Mariners Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Lee Pelekoudas announced today that the Mariners have optioned right-handed pitcher Mark Lowe to AAA Tacoma. To take his spot on the Major League, 25-man roster, the club has selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Randy Messenger from Tacoma.
Messenger will wear #26 and will be in uniform for tonight's 7:10 p.m. game vs. the Minnesota Twins.
Messenger, 27, was 6-0 with 1 save and a 2.38 ERA (6 ER, 22.2 IP) in 12 relief appearances for the Tacoma Rainiers. He signed with Seattle as a minor league free agent on July 10 after being released by San Francisco on July 9. He went 3-4 with 3 saves and a 4.83 ERA (22 ER, 41.0 IP) in 29 appearances for AAA Fresno prior to being released.
The right-hander combined to go 2-4, 4.20 (30 ER, 64.1 IP) in a career-high 60 appearances split between the Florida Marlins and San Francisco Giants in 2007. He was acquired by San Francisco on May 31 in exchange for RHP Armando Benitez.
In parts of three Major League seasons with the Marlins and Giants, Messenger has combined to go 4-11, 5.01 (90 ER, 161.2 IP) with 1 save.
Lowe, 25, made 50 appearances in relief for Seattle this season. He compiled a 1-4 mark with 1 save and a 5.73 ERA, striking out 46 in 55.0 innings pitched. Lowe did not allow a run in 32 of his 50 appearances this season, and worked 2.0 or more innings 10 times. Lowe recorded his only win this season April 29 at Cleveland, and collected his first Major League save April 11 vs. Los Angeles (AL). He has struggled this month, allowing 14 earned runs on 20 hits in his last nine games (8.2 IP) to raise his ERA from 4.08 on July 30 to 5.73 today. Lowe's previous career-high for appearances was 39 in 2006, split between A, AA and the Majors. He spent most of the 2007 season on the disabled list after undergoing elbow surgery on Oct. 6, 2006.