Mariners make wholesale roster changes
Seattle seeks to reverse losing ways
Teams going nowhere do exactly what the Seattle Mariners did Wednesday.
Four players in. Four players out. Changes are all over the place in the Pacific Northwest, and there could be more to come.
Seattle sent struggling starter Blake Beavan and similarly troubled third baseman Alex Liddi to Class AAA Tacoma. At the same time, the Mariners put right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor and left fielder Mike Carp on the disabled list.
New to the roster are two positions players, outfielders Casper Wells and Franklin Gutierrez, and two right-handed pitchers, Erasmo Ramirez and Steve Delabar.
Wells, who was on the roster in April and May, started Wednesday in left field in the Mariners' 1-0 loss to San Diego and had a couple of singles. Gutierrez is scheduled to make his 2012 season debut in Thursday's series finale against the Padres.
Starting that game will be Ramirez, who is replacing Beavan in the rotation but is taking Kevin Millwood's day in the rotation, Millwood getting a couple extra days to rest his injured groin. Delabar was available in the bullpen Wednesday but didn't pitch.
Beavan had allowed 17 runs in his last eight innings. The club is hoping that Ramirez, who was on the roster to start the season as a reliever, is ready for his first major league start after seven starts for Tacoma (3-2, 3.11 ERA).
And the Mariners would like to believe that with Gutierrez healthy again for the first time since 2009, they can put him in center, move the man who had been playing center, team batting leader Michael Saunders (.282), to left and, together with right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, have the best defensive outfield in the game.
But for the Mariners to win, that outfield has got to hit, too, and that's something the team hasn't done much this year, regardless of position.
Wednesday was the 14th time the club has been held to one run or none. The Mariners have won one of those 14 games.
Overall, the team is 27-37 and has lost its last four games, putting at second to last in the American League behind only the Minnesota Twins.