Reaching down to their Class AA affiliate, the Mariners have brought up catcher Guillermo Quiroz to replace the injured Kenji Johjima, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
To make room for Quiroz on the 40-man roster, the team placed left-hander Cesar Jimenez on the 60-day disabled list.
A 28-year-old veteran, Quiroz has been with Seattle before - in 2006 - and has bounced around baseball for years.
Why Quiroz and not one of the better known catchers in Tacoma?
The team doesn't think Adam Moore has quite enough experience, that Jeff Clement's touchy knee remains an issue and that veteran Jamie Burke doesn't fit in the club's move toward younger players.
Known as a solid defensive player, Quiroz was released this year by Baltimore and signed by Seattle in April, then assigned to West Tennessee. He has a career average of .201.