Expect the club to call up all the pitchers it can to help out an overworked bullpen.
BALTIMORE — The Mariners’ clubhouse at Safeco Field will get a little more crowded in the coming days. Per Major League Baseball rules, teams can expand their active roster from 25 players to their entire 40-man roster.
With a beat-up and underperforming pitching staff, Seattle could use more than a few extra arms to survive the month and possibly help push back into wild-card contention after an abysmal road trip ended with five straight losses.
In most years, the number of extra players coming to the big leagues is four or five. This year, the expectation is Mariners will be bringing in more than that because of their pitching issues.
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If you are a capable pitcher on the 40-man roster, you are probably going to be headed to Seattle soon. If you aren’t on the 40-man roster, but still a capable arm, you might be added and brought up.
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So how many guys will be coming up?
“A fair amount,” GM Jerry Dipoto said. “We’ll make some moves in waves, like we did last year. There’ll be a small group added Sept. 1, then as Tacoma’s season draws to a close, there’ll be a few more. We’ll add a couple position players, but predominantly we’ll expand our pitching staff.”
Class AAA Tacoma, where many of the likely call-ups are playing, ends its season Monday. But a few players, mostly relievers, will be added Friday for a series with the A’s at Safeco Field.
“Most of the guys that will be back are guys that you’ve seen at some point during the season,” manager Scott Servais said. “They’ve been up for different stints, filling in for injured players. Certainly we need to add to our pitching staff — getting a few more guys in the bullpen to kind of stretch out some of the outings we’ve had. Some of our (relievers) are tired and are hanging a little bit right now. They’ll be welcome additions there.”
Seattle has all 40 roster spots occupied with the acquisition of Mike Leake on Wednesday. The expectation is that spots will be needed to be opened for a few players who aren’t on the 40-man roster or on the 60-day disabled list and ready to come off. Removing a player from the 40-man roster isn’t simple, and it exposes the removed player to waiver claims.
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