Liddi recalled from Tacoma; Maurer sent down
Infielder Alex Liddi has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and is with the Mariners in San Diego on Wednesday, though his arrival has not yet been officially announced by the team.
To make room on the 25-man roster, rookie pitcher Brandon Maurer will be optioned to Tacoma. Maurer, 22, has been in the rotation all season, but went 2-7 with a 6.93 ERA in 10 starts.
The Mariners will need another starter to take his place by Sunday in Minnesota. They could use reliever Hector Noesi to fill that role as he’s already on the roster, or right-hander Jeremy Bonderman could be promoted from Tacoma.
Bonderman was pulled from his Tuesday start for the Rainiers after allowing one run on five hits in four innings. The 30-year-old veteran is 2-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 11 starts with Tacoma and has an opt-out date on his Minor League contract approaching at the end of the month.
Liddi, 24, was batting .267 with nine home runs and 37 RBIs in 50 games for Tacoma. He provides some roster relief at first base, third base or in the outfield for a Mariners club that is temporarily without first baseman Justin Smoak and outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse due to minor injuries.
Neither Smoak nor Morse is on the disabled list, but Morse remained behind in Seattle due to a strained quadriceps, while Smoak is scheduled to take batting practice Wednesday for the first time since feeling tightness in his right oblique muscle last Saturday.
Liddi played 53 games for Seattle in 2011-12, batting .224 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 53 games. The native of Sanremo, Italy, is the first Italian born and raised player to play in the Majors.