UPDATE: The Mariners only had 38 guys on their 40-man roster because Ryan Feierabend was placed on the 60 day disabled list. So no player was dropped.
The Mariners just made some roster moves, as expected.
Catcher Kenji Johjima has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The Mariners called up veteran Jamie Burke to take his place. Burke actually flew to Seattle today and was on standby to join the team pending final examination of Joh's hamstring.
Johjima left last night's game in the bottom of the fourth inning after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring running out his go-ahead, RBI single. He was re-examined today by Mariners medical director Dr. Edward Khalfayan. Khalfayan diagnosed a grade 1 strain. Johjima is expected to need two to three weeks to fully recover.
Johjima has appeared in seven games with Seattle this season, and is hitting .250 (6-for-24) with 4 RBI.
Burke has played in two games with the Rainiers this season, collecting a pair of hits in six at bats with a double and an RBI. While most would think that Jeff Clement would be the natural call-up, since he's already on the 40-man roster as well, it didn't happen largely because Clement is hitting .053 (1-for-19)for the Rainiers.
Burke spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons in Seattle, batting a combined .283 (58x205) with 11 doubles, two home runs and 20 RBI. He is a career .301 hitter in 171 big league games.
The Mariners also called up right-hander Sean White, who will move to the bullpen and provide some help since Chris Jakubauskas will be starting today in place of the injured Ryan Rowland-Smith.
White made two appearances with the Rainiers this season. He has no record and a 4.15 ERA with Tacoma (2 ER in 4.1 IP). White spent the 2008 season in Tacoma, but appeared in 15 games with Seattle in 2007. He has a career major league mark of 1-1, 5.06 with the Mariners.
To make room for White, infielder Matt Tuiasosopo was sent back to Tacoma, as expected.