Erasmo Ramirez is on his way back to Class AAA, where he will be stretched out in the event the Mariners need him for a spot start at some point. The way the rotation has looked at times, that need could crop up by late May or early June.
“We’re at the point in the season now where if we did need a spot starter, he wouldn’t be able to give us a great deal pitch-count wise,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “So, we’ll get him down there, get him going. Plus, we want him to pitch a little more frequently as well.”
Shawn Kelley is therefore now back with the Mariners, promoted from AAA for the first time since being optioned there after surrendering a home run to Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics in a loss at the Tokyo Dome the second game of the season.
Kelley underwent partial “Tommy John” ligament transplant surgery in August 2010 and only pitched in a handful of big league games last September.
“I feel good right now,” he said. “My arm strength’s good. I feel healthy. I feel better arm strength wise than I did last September. I’m still a year and a half from surgery, so just recently, in the last few weeks, I started to really get the full extent of my shoulder and elbow strength back and my velocity has gone up a little bit.”
Some more news for you: Brendan Ryan has been moved up to the No. 2 spot in the batting order after finally snapping an 0-for-26 slump last night with a pair of singles. Wedge had said Friday he wants to get Ryan in there once his bat comes around and he wasted no time.
Sabermetrics followers will tell you they pay little heed to hot and cold streaks. So, I guess this one-game hitting streak for Ryan is as good as a 20-gamer. Should be no complaints from anyone, then. Yeah, sure.
2B Dustin Ackley
SS Brendan Ryan
C Jesus Montero
3B Kyle Seager
DH John Jaso
LF Mike Carp
CF Michael Saunders
RHP Felix Hernandez