James Jones rejoins club as Erasmo sent down

Tampa Bay Rays v Seattle Mariners

Rookie outfielder James Jones was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday by the Mariners, filling the opening created when right-hander Erasmo Ramirez was optioned to Tacoma after starting Sunday’s 4-2 win over the White Sox.

Jones, 25, returns for his third stint with the Mariners this year. He’s hit .258 with 38 runs and a team-leading 20 stolen bases, as well as eight doubles and four triples in 79 games.

Jones hit .257 with two doubles, two triples and four RBIs in eight games with Tacoma since being sent down. He’s hit .296 in 28 total games with the Rainiers this year.

His return gives the Mariners five outfielders, joining Dustin Ackley, Austin Jackson, Endy Chavez and Chris Denorfia, with Michael Saunders still on a rehab stint with Tacoma as he returns from a strained oblique muscle.

Ramirez threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings on Sunday against the White Sox, but was taken out before becoming eligible for the win. He’s 1-5 with a 4.06 ERA in 13 starts for Seattle this year, including 0-1 with a 1.15 ERA in his last six outings.

Ramirez’s demotion leaves the Mariners with only four starting pitchers on their 25-man roster, but with an off day coming up Thursday, they won’t need a fifth starter until Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Philadelphia.

Ramirez won’t be eligible to return by that time as players must stay in the Minors a minimum of 10 days when they’re optioned, but left-hander Roenis Elias — who was optioned to Tacoma on Thursday after beating the White Sox for his ninth win of the season — would be able to rejoin the club at that point.

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