More roster juggling
Ryon Healy has been paced on the injured list for the good of the team
May 21, 2019
The Mariners today made several more changes to their active roster. Infielders Dee Gordon and Ryon Healy have been placed on the 10-day injured list—Gordon due to lingering pain from being hit by a pitch in New York two weeks ago and Healy due to a lower back strain—reliever Parker Markel has been optioned down to Triple-A Tacoma, utilityman Dylan Moore has been activated from his stint on the injured list, and infielder Shed Long and pitcher Tommy Milone have been promoted from Tacoma to the big-league club.
Milone will start tonight's game against the Texas Rangers and Long is expected to be the everyday second baseman until Gordon returns. Moore and Tim Beckham will likely share third base while Healy is out this week, and regular third baseman Kyle Seager could be back from injury as early as this weekend in Oakland.
Additionally, the M's have struck a deal to sign right-hander pitcher Anthony Bass. The 31-year-old minor-league veteran has just under 300 innings of Major League experience with the Padres, Astros, Rangers, and Cubs, with a career record of 5-9 and a 4.51 ERA. This season Bass has been with the Louisville Bats, the Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A team, for whom he compiled a 1-1 record and an impressive 2.21 ERA and 0.934 WHIP in 201⁄3 innings of work. Bass exercised an opt-out clause in his contract with the Reds to become a free agent.
Bass' signing is not final, and when it is it remains unclear if he will report directly to the Mariners or be assigned to Tacoma. Bass is on a Major League contract and has joined the Mariners in Dallas-Ft. Worth. Reliever Ryan Garton has been designated for assignment to make room for Bass.