(1090 The Fan) — The Seattle made three roster moves on Thursday — two of which were demotions.

The team has optioned infielder Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma and pitcher Erasmo Ramirez to Single-A High Desert. Coming up to the Major League club will be outfielder Cole Gillespie.

Gillespie will be in uniform (wearing #16) for Friday’s series opener against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field.

The 29-year-old was batting .362 with five doubles, one triple, five home runs and 14 RBI in 16 games with the Tacoma Rainiers. He recorded at least one hit in 11 of his 16 starts, including 8 multi-hit games.

Franklin only made an appearance in seven games for the Mariners after being recalled from the Rainiers on April 16. He went 2-for-16 with a triple.

After a spectacular spring in Peoria, Ramirez has had a rough start to the 2014 campaign. After five starts, Ramirez is 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA. After earning the win in the Mariners second game of the season vs. the Los Angeles Angels, Ramirez is 0-3 with a 8.47 ERA (16 ER, 17.0 IP) over his last 4 starts.

RELATED: Erasmo Ramirez’s Struggles

With the moves, the Mariners active Major League roster is currently at 24 players, and a transaction will be made prior to Friday’s game.

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