Erasmo Ramirez gets today’s start vs. Red Sox
Right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma by the Mariners on Thursday morning in order to start the afternoon’s game against the Red Sox in the final game of a four-game series.
The 23-year-old Nicaraguan will make his season debut in the 12:40 p.m. PT game, filling the spot created when the club designated veteran Jeremy Bonderman for assignment on Monday.
Right-handed reliever Carter Capps was optioned to Tacoma to make room on the 25-man roster.
Ramirez missed the first two months with a sore elbow that cropped up late in Spring Training, but was 3-3 with a 3.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma in seven starts since returning on June 2.
Ramirez went 1-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 16 games with Seattle last year as a rookie. He began the year in the bullpen, then rejoined the team in midseason and was 1-3 with a 3.64 ERA in eight starts before going on the disabled list with a right elbow strain.
The youngster was competing for a starting job this spring when the elbow flared up again and he didn’t throw at all for about six weeks while letting that issue heal.
Ramirez signed with Seattle as an international free agent in 2007 and is one of only a handful of players from Nicaragua in the Major Leagues.
Capps, 22, is regarded as one of the Mariners promising power arms in the bullpen, but he’s struggled recently and is 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA in 35 1/3 innings over 33 appearances.
Capps has given up 14 runs in 7 1/3 innings (17.18 ERA) on 16 hits and five walks over his last seven appearances.