Hard-throwing rookie Pryor added to bullpen mix

The Mariners dipped into their fleet of young Minor League pitching prospects for the first time Friday as Stephen Pryor, a hard-throwing right-handed reliever, was selected from Triple-A Tacoma.

Pryor, who throws in the upper 90s, will be with the Mariners as they open their series against the White Sox tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.

Pryor, 22, takes the place of Steve Delabar, who was optioned to Tacoma on Wednesday night. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mariners placed veteran reliever George Sherrill on the 60-day disabled list. Sherrill is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 4, but had been on the 15-day disabled list.

Pryor, a fifth-round Draft pick in 2010, didn’t allow a run in 12 innings over nine appearances for the Rainiers and recorded two saves after being promoted from Double-A Jackson. He allowed just five hits with seven walks and 15 strikeouts and opponents were 0-for-16 against him with runners on base, including 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Before his promotion to Tacoma, Pryor had posted a 1.13 ERA in Jackson with seven saves, allowing just two earned runs in 16 innings. Both earned runs came in his first appearance this season with Jackson on April 5 vs. Birmingham. Since then he has not allowed an earned run in his last 27.0 innings and his nine saves with Tacoma and Jackson are the most of any Mariners’ Minor Leaguer.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Tennessee native split last season between Class-A High Desert and Jackson. He has been strictly a relief pitcher in his three seasons in pro ball since being drafted out of Cleveland State Community College.

 He is 4-3 with 24 saves and a 2.87 ERA in 82 career Minor League relief appearances.

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