The Mariners made three roster moves
* Catcher Rob Johnson reinstated from the bereavement list.
* Catcher Guillermo Quiroz designated for assignment.
* Infielder Josh Wilson claimed off waiver from San Diego.
Obviously the first two moves were expected, but the claiming of Wilson seems interesting. Perhaps the Mariners are tiring of Ronny Cedeno and his anemic bat. Also with the call-up of Chris Woodward, there is a need for a shortstop at Triple A Tacoma.
Johnson will be in uniform and available for tonight's 7:10 (PT) game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wilson is expected to join the team tomorrow.
Johnson, 26, has missed the last five games due to a family emergency in Houston. He has started a team-high 28 games behind the plate and leads the Majors with a 2.71 catcher's ERA. He is batting .202 (20x99) with 8 doubles, 1 triple and 9 RBI.
Quiroz, 27, appeared in four games after being called up on May 26. He is batting .286 (4x14) with 2 RBI. Quiroz began the season at AAA Tacoma, hitting .250 (11x44) with 1 double, 1 home run and 5 RBI in 12 games with the Rainiers. He was transferred to AA West Tennessee on May 13, and hit .267 (8x30) with 1 double and 1 homer. The Mariners now have 10 days to trade, release or outright Quiroz' contract to the minors.
Wilson, 28, has split the 2009 season between the Arizona and San Diego organizations. He began the year at AAA Reno prior to being called up by the Diamondbacks on April 26. With Arizona, he hit .231 (6-for-26) in 11 games with 1 double and 2 RBI. The D-Backs designated him for assignment on May 13, and San Diego claimed him off waivers on May 15. He hit .105 (4-for-38) with 2 doubles with the Padres. In a combined 27 Major League games this season, he is hitting .156 (10-for-64) with 3 doubles, 3 RBI, 6 walks and 12 strikeouts.
Wilson's Major League career includes Florida (2005), Washington (2007), Tampa Bay (2007), Arizona (2009) and San Diego (2009). He is a career .219 hitter (78-for-356) with 19 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and 27 RBI in 143 Major League games.