Tacoma closer Randy Messenger, who saved 25 games and compiled a 2.25 in the hitting-rich Pacific Coast League, will join the Seattle Mariners bullpen tonight.
Chris Jakubauskas, who was unavailable the last few days because of cramping in his right shoulder, was optioned to Class AAA - and will return to the Mariners when rosters expand Sept. 1.
To get Messenger on the 40-man roster, the team made a third move, releasing right-hander Luis Pena from Class AA West Tennessee.
In essence, the Mariners needed an arm, and Messenger can pitch in almost any relief role, including setup. A 28-year-old right-hander who was in the competition for a job in spring training, has closed all season for the Rainiers - and threw two shutout innings for Tacoma on Friday night.