Right-hander Rob Whalen was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday by the Mariners in yet another move to keep a fresh long reliever available in their bullpen, with lefty Zac Curtis optioned back to Double-A Arkansas after pitching three innings in Friday’s 10-4 loss to the Rangers.
The Mariners wasted no time signing the majority of their top selections from this week’s MLB Draft, as the club announced on Sunday that 26 of their 40 picks are now under contract, including first-rounder Evan White.
After two months on the disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder, veteran right-hander Felix Hernandez will rejoin the Mariners’ rotation on Friday in the opening game of the Astros series at Safeco Field, manager Scott Servais said Sunday.
For Max Povse, the timing was perfect — a Father’s Day callup to the big leagues for the first time. Naturally, his first phone call when he heard the news went to his father, Max, back home in North Carolina.
Jean Segura put his injured right ankle through an extensive workout running the bases and taking ground balls on Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Park, as the standout shortstop continued getting closer to rejoining the Mariners at some point next week.
Like all 30 Major League teams, the Mariners are giving a tip of the hat to dads this Father’s Day Weekend, and they are doing so wearing special light-blue caps along with blue wristbands and ribbons on their uniforms as part of an effort to raise awareness and funds to fight prostate cancer.
Mike Napoli slugged a pair of two-run homers and the Rangers had two five-run innings as they defeated the Mariners on Saturday. Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo also went deep for Texas. Mike Zunino had a three-run homer for the Mariners and Taylor Motter had an RBI double.
It’s been quite a month for Mariners catcher Mike Zunino. On Saturday, he connected for a three-run homer in a loss to the Rangers. He now has six home runs and 22 RBIs in 14 games in June.
As Mariners ace Felix Hernandez took the mound in the third inning of his final rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on a chilly, damp Saturday night, the video board blinked Rainiers red and said, “Hail, Felix.” It was more like light drizzle, but the sentiment was understood.
After going much of the last two months without four of their starting pitchers, the Mariners are close to regaining most of those arms, as Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma are wrapping up rehab assignments with Triple-A Tacoma.
In their ongoing effort to keep fresh arms in the bullpen, the Mariners recalled left-hander Zac Curtis from Double-A Arkansas prior to Friday’s series opener against the Rangers and optioned right-hander Chase De Jong back to Triple-A Tacoma.