Franklin sent down to make room for Ramirez
Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and will start Tuesday’s 4:10 p.m. PT game against the Braves at Turner Field, with infielder Nick Franklin optioned to Tacoma to make room on the 25-man roster.
Ramirez opened the season in Seattle’s rotation and was also brought up on May 7 to make a spot start in a doubleheader against the A’s, but has otherwise been with Tacoma after struggling in his first five starts. Including a 2-0 loss to Oakland in his one-game return, Ramirez is 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in six starts for Seattle this season.
The 24-year-old from Nicaragua will take the starting spot opened up by last week’s demotion of right-hander Brandon Maurer.
Ramirez has pitched parts of the past two seasons for Seattle as well and owns a 7-10 career record with a 4.57 ERA in 36 games, including 27 starts.
In five starts with Tacoma, Ramirez was 1-3 with a 4.55 ERA. He won his last outing with the Rainiers on Thursday, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings against Salt Lake.
Franklin has hit well in Triple-A this year, but struggled at the plate with Seattle and batted just .129 (4-for-31) with 15 strikeouts after rejoining the Mariners on May 20. In two stints with Seattle this season, Franklin has hit .128 with two RBIs, a .192 on-base percentage and .170 slugging percentage in 17 games.
In 30 games with Tacoma, Franklin is batting .376 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 26 RBIs.
The young infielder started at second base for the final four months of 2013, batting .225 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 102 games, but lost that job when Seattle signed Robinson Cano.