The Mariners made a roster move to get reliever Roy Corcoran into their bullpen, but it wasn't what they'd intended.
Catcher Rob Johnson was placed on bereavement leave because of a death in the family.
"Rob's mother-in-law was killed last night in a traffic accident near Houston," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "They didn't know until today. I don't know how long he'll be gone, we just wanted to get him on his way to with his wife and baby."
Corcoran, brought up from Tacoma, will be available to pitch tonight.
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The move leaves Jamie Burke and Guillermo Quiroz as the two catchers on the roster.
A player can stay on the bereavement leave for between three and seven days.