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June 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Saturday’s pregame notes — Mariners call up LHP Oliver Perez

Mariners manager Eric Wedge told Oliver Perez to “be ready to be ready to pitch at any point in time” after the team called up the veteran left-hander from Class AAA Tacoma before Saturday’s game against San Francisco.
Wedge said the team hasn’t settled on a role for the 30-year-old, but he’ll get a chance to prove he can still pitch at the major-league level.
“He was throwing the ball well in AAA,” Wedge said. “Obviously (he has) a lot of big-league experience, a high strikeout ratio from the left side. We felt like it was a good time to take a look at him.”
To make room for Perez the team optioned reliever Steve Delabar to Class AAA. Outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang was designated for assignment.
Perez, whose last major-league appearance was with the New York Mets Oct. 3, 2010, signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners and January and was 2-2 with a save and a 4.65 ERA in 22 minor-league relief appearances for the Rainiers this season.
After spending the 2011 season with Class AA Harrisburg in the Washington Nationals’ system, Perez said he considered retiring before finding his fastball in the Mexican Winter League.
“I started working hard,” Perez said. “My velocity is back and that’s got me very excited.”
Perez has a career record of 58-69 with a 4.63 ERA over nine major-league seasons.
“If you look at his years of experience and what he’s accomplished, he’s accomplished a great deal in the big leagues,” Wedge said. “But this is a different role for him. We feel like he’s made a good adjustment with it and it’s a good time to get him up here.”
No limitations for Kevin Millwood
Wedge said Kevin Millwood would have no limitations heading into Saturday’s start.
The right-hander pitched the first six innings of the Mariners’ combined no-hitter June 8, but had to leave the game with a groin strain.
“We’ll work off him, see how he feels,” Wedge said. “We’ll keep an eye on him. By all accounts he’s been feeling very good. He’s passed every test, so he’s ready to go today.”


Franklin Gutierrez gets a day off
After playing in back-to-back games — his first big-league action of the 2012 season — the Mariners decided to give outfielder Franklin Gutierrez the day off.
“We were going to ease him in here for the first 10 days or so, pick some spots for him,” Wedge said. “With the day game tomorrow, he played two days in a row, it’s a good time to give him a little break.”
— Former Mariner second baseman Harold Reynolds, now an analyst for MLB Network, will throw out the first pitch.
Here are Saturday’s lineups:
San Francisco
RF — Gregor Blanco
2B — Ryan Theriot
LF — Melky Cabrera
C — Buster Posey
CF — Angel Pagan
DH — Pablo Sandoval
1B — Brandon Belt
3B — Joaquin Arias
SS — Brandon Crawford
RHP — Tim Lincecum
Mariners
RF — Ichiro
LF — Casper Wells
3B — Kyle Seager
C — Jesus Montero
CF — Michael Saunders
1B — Justin Smoak
2B — Dustin Ackley
DH — John Jaso
SS — Brendan Ryan
RHP — Kevin Millwood

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