Mariners Insider Blog

Mariners will make"a series of roster moves"

Update: Expect Steve Delabar and Casper Wells to be called up along with Franklin Gutierrez and Erasmo Ramirez.

Before we get to the postgame blog, I will post this first.

Following the game, Mariners manager Eric Wedge said there would be a series of moves made, but none that he can share with the media.

But after going into the clubhouse it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out a few of them. Third baseman Alex Liddi and pitcher Blake Beavan were receiving good bye hugs from teammates. A source confirmed that both are headed to Salt Lake City to join Triple A Tacoma.

Down in SLC, Ramirez was supposed to start on Wednesday against the Bees. But he was scratched. He will be called up and likely start Thursday in Kevin Millwood's spot in the rotation. Millwood will be pushed back a few days.

Mike Carp is headed to the DL. He's got a bad right shoulder.

Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez will be activated off the disabled list. After watching Figgins struggle in the outfield again, the Mariner simply can't afford to play with 2 1/2 outfielders. Saunders will slide over to left and the Mariners will be much more complete defensively.

That still leaves one more player to be called up. I'm guessing Casper Wells to be the right-handed bat to come up. He gives them outfield depth, allowing Gutierrez to be eased in slowly.

Stephen Pryor could be looking at DL stint as well. He will be having an MRI today. And we'll know more. If he were to go on the DL, which seems like a possibility. Who would replace him? Well, the likely choice would be Steve Delabar. He's got the most recent experience. Chance Ruffin has pitched poorly for the Rainiers. Oliver Perez has shown signs of being solid. His fastball is up with velocity, but too many walks would be an issue. Also the Mariners have two lefties in the bullpen already. And also Perez isn't on the 40-man roster, which makes a difference as well. It's a reason why hard-throwing Carter Capps probably won't get called up from Double A Jackson. Yes, Capps could be the closer of the future. But Zduriencik hasn't been a guy to call guys up from Double A, preferring they get some Triple A work. The last pitcher I remember making the jump from Double A and being effective was Mark Lowe.