SEATTLE — Outfielder James Jones rejoined the Mariners from Triple-A Tacoma prior to Friday’s game against Washington after the club cleared roster space by optioning right-hander Erasmo Ramirez to the Rainiers.
Jones, 25, returns for his fourth tour with the Mariners. He spent much of the season as their center fielder prior to the July 31 trade that brought Austin Jackson from Detroit.
Ramirez, 24, has also shuttled between the Mariners and Tacoma throughout the season. He gave up 10 runs in three-plus innings Wednesday in a 12-4 loss to Texas after being recalled prior to the game. He is 1-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 14 big-league starts.
Jones batted .256 with a .285 on-base percentage in 83 previous big-league games. He still leads the Mariners with 20 steals in 21 attempts. Jones batted .282 with a .341 on-base percentage in 37 games for the Rainiers.