Yet more roster moves

The Mariners have made a few more roster moves today, continuing the season-long dance known as the Injury List Shuffle.

The good news is that pitcher Marco Gonzales has been activated and brought directly back to the M's rather than sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment following his recovery from a forearm strain. Marco's return will, for the moment, put a merciful end to the practice of having regular bullpen games that rank high on the list of Stupid Things The Mariners Do. Since the ace southpaw will not have had any rehab innings to ease his way back, manager Scott Servais plans to limit Gonzales to maybe four innings in tonight's start, so we do sort of have one more quasi-bullpen game, but depending on how it goes against the A's he could be released from any sort of limit for his next start or perhaps the one following.

The bad news is that center fielder Kyle Lewis is back on the shelf. The 2020 Rookie of the Year began the season on the IL with a knee injury and now he's on the injured list again with a meniscus tear suffered in yesterday's win. Judging from the fact that Lewis finished the inning in which he hurt himself, it could be that the injury is minor, but the team has released no information on that front. In any event, Lewis will be out of action for at least ten days, likely not more than two to three weeks unless the tear is more severe than we think it is.

Making room for Marco on the pitching side, reliever Robert Dugger has been optioned to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. Dugger served as "opener" in a couple of the bullpen games Servais went with this past month or so as well as in middle relief, compiling a 6.06 ERA in 1613 innings.

Meanwhile, outfielder Taylor Trammell has been recalled from Tacoma to take Lewis' place. The rookie had opened the season with the Mariners after a strong spring training, but despite a few key hits was greatly overmatched at the Major League level, having been promoted straight from Double-A ball. Trammell's initial big-league stint lasted for 95 plate appearances, resulting in a batting line of just .157/.255/.337 with a whopping 41 strikeouts (43% K rate). After being optioned to the Rainiers, Trammell raked in 17 games, batting .384/.413/.726 and striking out only 21% of the time. Three weeks is not a sufficient span to accurately gauge his readiness, but the numbers are impressive; we'll see if he shows any improvement against big-league competition when he gets into the box again with Seattle, likely tonight against Oakland.

The moves leave the Mariner roster with 14 pitchers and 12 position players, the norm for this team under Servais and a dangerous ratio that leaves little room for substitutions mid-game. With all the moving around and such, a refresher might be in order, so here's the current makeup of the active squad:

Starting pitchers
Marco Gonzales (L)
Yusei Kikuchi (L)
Justus Sheffield (L)
Chris Flexen (R)
Justin Dunn (R)
Logan Gilbert (R)
Relief pitchers
Anthony Misiewicz (L)
Daniel Zamora (L)
Hector Santiago (L)
Keynan Middleton (R)
Rafael Montero (R)
Will Vest (R)
Paul Sewald (R)
J.T. Chargois (R)
J.P. Crawford (SS, LHB)
Ty France (3B/1B/2B, RHB)
José Godoy (C, LHB)
Jack Mayfield (2B/3B, RHB)
Tom Murphy (C, RHB)
Jacob Nottingham (C/1B, RHB)
Kyle Seager (3B, LHB)
Donovan Walton (SS/2B, LHB)
Jake Fraley (LHB)
Mitch Haniger (RHB)
Jarred Kelenic (LHB)
Taylor Trammell (LHB)
10-day or C19 Injured List
Kendall Graveman (RHP)
Sam Haggerty (IF/OF)
Kyle Lewis (CF)
Dylan Moore (IF/OF)
Casey Sadler (RHP)
Drew Steckenrider (RHP)
Erik Swanson (RHP)
Evan White (1B)




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