Bonderman DFA’d, opening likely spot for Ramirez
The club recalled left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Tacoma to take his 25-man roster spot, but will need to add a starting pitcher by Thursday when Bonderman’s next start was scheduled.
Seattle now has 10 days to trade, release or outright the contract of Bonderman to the Minors.
Bonderman, 30, went 1-3 with a 4.93 ERA in seven starts after returning to the Majors on June 2 for the first time since 2010 with the Tigers. Bonderman got roughed up in his debut, then pitched well in a four-start stretch from June 7-23 when he was 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 25 1/3 innings. But he was 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in his last two starts while allowing 13 hits with seven walks and 10 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings against the Cubs and Reds.
Bonderman went 2-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 11 starts with Tacoma to start the year after agreeing to a Minor League deal prior to Spring Training.
Luetge, 26, will be available for Monday night’s series opener against the Red Sox at Safeco Field.
The club hasn’t yet named a starter for Thursday afternoon’s series finale against Boston, which would have been Bonderman’s next start after pitching Saturday in Cincinnati. If a starter is promoted from Tacoma, a logical replacement would be Erasmo Ramirez, who has gone 3-3 with a 3.09 ERA in seven starts since returning from an elbow problem in early June.
Ramirez, 23, was contending for a rotation berth this spring before his elbow issue arose late in camp. The Nicaragua native was 1-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 16 games (8 starts) last year for Seattle.
Had Ramirez been healthy, he certainly already would have had a shot at the rotation after rookie Brandon Maurer was sent down, but he needed to build his arm up after missing about two months of action.
Luetge spent all of last season with the Mariners as a Rule 5 Draft pickup from the Brewers. This will be his third stint with Seattle this season. He opened the year on the 25-man roster, then was sent down on April 9 before rejoining the club for most of May. In 11 appearances with the Mariners this season is 0-1 with a 7.15 ERA in 11 1/3 innings.
In 22 games with the Rainiers, Luetge was 0-0 with a 4.35 ERA with one save. He struck out 45 in 31 innings and did not allow a run over his last five outings with Tacoma, striking out 10 in 7 1/3 innings.