Guiape recalled to bolster bullpen, Taylor sent down
The Mariners moved to solidify their bullpen on Monday, recalling young right-hander Mayckol Guiape from Triple-A Tacoma and optioning shortstop Chris Taylor to Tacoma.
Guiape, 24, will be making his Major League debut with the Mariners as he joins the club for Monday’s series opener with the Yankees at Safeco Field. He provides a fresh arm for a bullpen that used all seven relievers in Sunday’s 12-inning, 6-3 loss to the Indians.
Taylor, 24, had been called up from Tacoma on May 4 to take over the starting shortstop duties, but he posted just a .159/.221/.206 line in 20 games and manager Lloyd McClendon had gone back to using Brad Miller more at shortstop again in the past week after initially shifting him to a utility role.
Guiape has a 4.58 ERA and three saves in 16 appearances for Tacoma, with three walks and 18 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings. The Venezuela native posted a 2.89 ERA with 12 saves in 40 games for Double-A Jackson in 2014.
The Mariners still need to make another roster move on Tuesday to add a starter to take the place of injured southpaw James Paxton, who went on the 15-day disabled list last week with a strained finger tendon. They currently have an eight-man bullpen with Guaipe’s addition, so it’s likely they’ll send down a reliever now that they’ve sorted out their position-player logjam by demoting Taylor.