Montgomery officially added; Guiape back to Tacoma

montgomery_480Left-hander Mike Montgomery has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma by the Mariners and will make his Major League debut on the mound in Tuesday night’s 7:10 p.m. PT game against the Yankees at Safeco Field.

Right-handed reliever Mayckol Guiape was optioned to Tacoma on Tuesday morning to make room on the 25-man roster. That puts Seattle’s bullpen back to seven relievers after Monday’s temporary promotion of Guiape, who threw 2 1/3 perfect innings in his own MLB debut in Monday’s 7-2 loss to the Yankees.

Montgomery takes the rotation spot of James Paxton, who went on the 15-day disabled list last week with a strained tendon in his left middle finger. Montgomery, a first-round Draft pick of the Royals in 2008, was acquired from Tampa Bay on March 31 for right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.

The 25-year-old was 4-3 with a 3.74 ERA in nine starts for Triple-A Tacoma. He’ll square off against Yankees lefty CC Sabathia, a veteran of 433 starts over 15 Major League seasons.

Montgomery will be the fourth Mariners starter to make his MLB debut against the Yankees. Matt Young (1983), Terry Taylor (’88) and Pat Rice (’91) went a combined 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in their debut games against the Bronx Bombers.

• Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma continued his rehab program by playing catch in the Safeco Field outfield on Tuesday afternoon and now will progress to throwing off the bullpen mound on Thursday as he recovers from a strained right lat muscle that has sidelined him the past six weeks.

Iwakuma, one of the American League’s most-underrated starters the past three years, couldn’t throw for more than a month before recently receiving clearance to begin testing the sore shoulder. Manager Lloyd McClendon said he’s progressing well now and will toss bullpen sessions Thursday and Sunday at Safeco Field, then accompany the team on its next road trip and throw another bullpen and a simulated game if all goes to plan.

If there are no setbacks for the 33-year-old, that would put him on schedule to go out on a Minor League rehab in late June and possibly be on line to rejoin the Mariners in the week or so before the All-Star break in mid-July.

• Reliever Danny Farquhar, demoted to Triple-A Tacoma last week, was scheduled to start for the Rainiers on Tuesday night. But McClendon said that was more about giving the right-hander a chance to work on his pitches rather than attempting to stretch him out as a potential starter.

“It’s to straighten him out, more than anything,” McClendon said. “Working one inning in relief it’s hard to get straightened out. Hopefully he can work three or four, get a feel for his pitches again and get it going.”

• Tacoma shortstop Ketel Marte, the Mariners’ No. 3 ranked prospect by, fractured his left thumb on Sunday and is expected to miss about six weeks. The 21-year-old was leading the Pacific Coast League in batting average (.343) and hits (61) and was second in stolen bases (17) in 51 games,

• Left-handed reliever Tyler Olson, who opened the season in Seattle’s bullpen, has been activated off the 15-day DL (bruised right knee) and reassigned to Tacoma.

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It’s getting difficult to keep track of the roster shuffling. I wonder who gets displaced when Trumbo, Nuno and a backup catcher gets added tomorrow. If anyone deserves to be cut loose from the bullpen, it’s Rodney but we all know that’s not going to happen. Will Sucre get another call up or does Hicks get the nod? I would favor Hicks even though he hasn’t been hitting in AAA. Is it the end of the rope for Weeks, Ackley or Ruggiano? Seems to me Weeks goes based on his handedness and inability to play any position but 2B.

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