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April 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Roster moves: Franklin optioned to Tacoma, Ramirez to High Desert, Gillespie called up

As expected, the Mariners have announced a few roster moves today. Nick Franklin’s tweet yesterday after the game obviously started the speculation. He’s been optioned to Class AAA Tacoma and flew out with the Rainiers to Las Vegas today.

Outfielder Cole Gillespie has been selected (since he wasn’t on the 40-man roster) from Tacoma.

Gillespie is hitting .362 with five doubles, five homers and 14 RBI in 16 games. Gillespie gives the Mariners an experienced outfielder that is comfortable as a bench player.

Franklin will now go back to playing every day in Tacoma. He  appeared in 7 games for the Mariners after being recalled from AAA Tacoma on April 16. He went 2-for-16 (.125) with a triple. He made four starts at four different positions (2B, 3B, DH, RF). In 11 games with Tacoma he is batting .395 (17×43) with 3 doubles, 4 home runs and 13 RBI.

I would expect that we may see him play a few more games of outfield with the Rainiers.

The Mariners also optioned Erasmo Ramirez to Class A High Desert. According to sources, the move to the lower level isn’t a demotion, but a way to keep him on his normal pitching rest. That would make his next start on Sunday and Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to make his rehab start on Sunday with Tacoma.

With the Mariners facing a three-city, 10-game road trip next week, keeping Ramirez on his normal work rate could be important in case they need to call him back up again.

All these moves were official after yesterday’s game.

The Mariners are at 24 players today on their active roster. They will call up a reliever before the game tomorrow.

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