Rollins, Guiape, Jones added to 25-man roster
David Rollins, the Mariners Rule 5 Draft pick last December from the Astros, was one of three players added to Seattle’s 25-man roster on Saturday morning to complete a flurry of moves that began after Friday’s 9-5 victory over the A’s.
Rollins, a left-handed reliever who drew an 80-game suspension after testing positive for an anabolic steroid during Spring Training, had to be added to the 25-man roster on Saturday or put through waivers and offered back to the Astros, per Rule 5 Draft rules now that he’s no longer suspended.
The 25-year-old pitched well enough the past two weeks in Triple-A Tacoma to convince the Mariners he’s worth the roster spot for now at least, as he threw 9 1/3 scoreless innings in seven appearances to continue the outstanding work he’d done in spring.
Also added Saturday were right-handed reliever Mayckol Guiape and outfielder James Jones, both recalled from Tacoma. All three are available for Saturday’s 1:05 p.m. PT game against the A’s.
Guiape takes the bullpen opening created by Friday’s decision to option veteran Tom Wilhelmsen to Tacoma after his rough recent performance. Rollins replaces left-hander Vidal Nuno, who was also sent down Friday night.
Jones is most likely a short-term addition, giving manager Lloyd McClendon an extra speed option on the bench this weekend before veteran right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is activated off the disabled list on Monday to start against the Tigers at Safeco Field.
Roenis Elias, who started 13 games after Iwakuma went on the DL with a strained lat muscle in April, was the third pitcher optioned to Tacoma after Friday’s 9-5 win over the A’s.
Manager Lloyd McClendon noted Friday night that Elias probably didn’t deserve to be sent down after pitching fairly well in place of Iwakuma, but the Mariners have pretty good depth in their rotation. In addition to ace Felix Hernandez — who is pitching Saturday against the A’s — Taijuan Walker has been on a tear and veteran lefty J.A. Happ has pitched better than hsi record indicates due to lack of run support and doesn’t have any Minor League options anyway.
The other choice would have ben to send Mike Montgomery back to Tacoma, but he’s thrown back-to-back shutouts and posted a 1.62 ERA in place of the injured James Paxton, who isn’t expected back until August at the earliest as he deals with a strained finger tendon.