It seemed like Kameron Loe had pitched his way into the Mariners bullpen this spring. And today, we find out that it's now official
The Mariners have selected Loe's minor league contract and placed him on the 40-man roster. To make room, the Mariners placed Josh Kinney on the 60-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his rib cage. Kinney's clock on the disabled list can't officially start till the season starts on April 1.
Loe, 31, signed a minor league contract with Seattle on February 12. In eight appearances this spring, he is 1-0 with 1 save and an 1.80 ERA (10.0 IP, 2 ER) with 2 walks and 15 strikeouts.
He went 6-5 with 2 saves and a 4.61 ERA (35 ER, 68.1 IP) in 70 relief appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012. In 2011 he posted a 3.50 ERA in 72 relief appearances, and pitched in 5 games during the Brewers postseason run to the National League Championship Series.
The 6-8, 245-pound native of Simi Valley, Calif., has pitched for the Texas Rangers (2004-2008) and Milwaukee (2010-2012) during his eight-season Major League career. He also played one season in Japan with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. Loe has combined to go 32-40, 4.36 ERA in 302 appearances (47 starts). Over the two seasons with the Brewers he has made 142 relief appearances (72 in ’11, 70 in ’12), tied for 11th-most amongst National League relievers.
Kinney, 34, has not appeared in a spring game since March 6 when he was forced to leave a game after two-thirds of an inning with pain on his left side. He was diagnosed with a stress reaction and has been receiving treatment but has not been able to throw.