(1090 The Fan) – The Seattle Mariners have recalled pitcher Carter Capps from Triple-A Tacoma, according to team officials.
Capps, who turns 23 tomorrow, will be in his second stint with the Mariners during the 2013 campaign. He appeared in 33 games, posting a 2-2, 6.37 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 35.1 innings pitched prior to being optioned to Tacoma on July 10. In 7 games with the Rainiers he did not record a decision, allowing 2 earned runs in 11.0 innings (1.64 ERA). He last pitched in a game Aug. 3 vs. Iowa, tossing 2.0 shutout innings.
The Capps promotion comes as the team optioned struggling reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to the Rainiers. The 29-year-old pitcher has had command issues as of late walking 18 batters in his last 23.1 innings pitched. Wilhelmsen is slated to start tonight’s game in Tacoma, but isn’t expected to make the transformation into a starting pitcher.
Jason Bay, who was designated for assignment last month, has officially been released. Bay, 34, showed signs of power with 11 home runs off the bench, but was not consistent enough to maintain a spot on the 25-man roster.
Seattle also announced that the injury-prone outfielder Franklin Gutierrez returned from rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma, but still remains on the 15-day disabled list.
-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan
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