Seattle Mariners’ AAA affiliate Tacoma Rainiers announce in a tweet that Southridge High School graduate Shawn O’Malley will start at second base and bat second Thursday night. An emergency appendectomy and arthroscopic shoulder surgery have curbed his 2017 season to this point.
First baseman Danny Valencia didn’t start Saturday because of a sore hand. If he remains unavailable for Sunday’s series finale against the White Sox, the Mariners’ pitching plans could also be affected.
Mariners recall lefty reliever Zac Curtis from Double-A Arkansas after optioning right-handed reliever Dan Altavilla to Triple-A Tacoma. Club also acquires right-hander Casey Lawrence in waiver claim from Toronto.
Southridge grad suffering from tendinitis in his right shoulder. Mariners designate reliever Casey Fien for assignment and option first baseman Dan Vogelbach to Triple-A Tacoma. Two relievers promoted from the Rainiers: Jean Machi and Emilio Pagan.
Manager Scott Servais says closer Edwin Diaz needs to pitch and won’t be limited to save situations. Plan calls for Diaz to pitch at times in high-leverage situation earlier in games and not to be limited to one-inning appearances.