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April 3, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Shawn Kelley optioned to Tacoma

The Mariners cut their roster down to 27 this morning by optioning reliever Shawn Kelley to Tacoma. They must reduce to 25 by 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Kelley had a 1.98 ERA in eight spring outings that covered 13 2/3 innings. But he didn’t help himself Monday against the Rockies when he gave up a double and RBI single in his one inning of work. And, of course, there was the two-run home run he gave up to Yoenis Cespedes in Japan that put Oakland ahead to stay in that game.
“There’s just some things he needs to work on,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said this morning. “He’s still a young guy, and his time in the big leagues has been off and on with a few injuries that had a few setbacks here. Shawn has a good arm and there are some things he did real well, but there’s some things he needs to work on, and we felt the best thing right now is to go to Triple-A and let him work on some things he’s been instructed to do.”
Zduriencik added, “No one finishes the season with 12 pitchers. I guarantee you we’re going to go down and bring him up at some point in time if he stays healthy and continues to compete down there….Shawn is a good kid. He understands. Players understand how it goes. The door is wide open to come back if he produces.”
I’d expect the final two cuts to be one pitcher and one position player. The pitching spot could come down to Charlie Furbush or Rule 5 lefty Lucas Luetge, with Steve Delabar perhaps on the bubble as well. I suppose there’s a chance George Sherrill could end up on the DL. I know I speculated the same thing about Hasashi Iwakuma, but it doesn’t look like that’s happening. He pitched well Monday and all indications are he will open the season as their long man. What that means for Erasmo Ramirez is another open question.
It also looks like one position player will go, and it appears to be down to Alex Liddi or Carlos Peguero. Liddi is hitting .381 this spring and Peguero .239 with four homers, tied for Kyle Seager for the team lead. With Mike Carp on the DL, it would seem they would need an outfielder, but with Chone Figgins’ ability to play outfield, that’s not set in stone. We’ll find out tomorrow.

Here is how the roster now stands:
Pitchers (13)
49 BEAVAN, Blake RHP
18 IWAKUMA, Hisashi RHP
43 LEAGUE, Brandon RHP
45 NOESI, Hector RHP
50 RAMIREZ, Erasmo RHP
41 FURBUSH, Charlie LHP
44 LUETGE, Lucas LHP
38 VARGAS, Jason LHP
Catchers (3)
27 JASO, John C
63 MONTERO, Jesus C
30 OLIVO, Miguel C
Infielders (7)
13 ACKLEY, Dustin INF
61 KAWASAKI, Munenori INF
16 LIDDI, Alex INF
26 RYAN, Brendan INF
17 SMOAK, Justin INF
Outfielders (4)
4 PEGUERO, Carlos OF
55 SAUNDERS, Michael OF
51 SUZUKI, Ichiro OF
33 WELLS, Casper OF
(Adam Moore, Mike Carp and Franklin Gutierrez are on the disabled list)

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