Mariners make White call

The Mariners have returned Matt White to the Cleveland Indians and recalled Aaron Taylor from Tacoma. The Mariners continue to search for bullpen stability in the absence of closer Kazuhiro Sasaki.

The Seattle Mariners shuffled their bullpen on Monday, sending left-handed reliever Matt White back to from where he came and recalling Aaron Taylor to the big club.

The Mariners acquired White from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a minor-league outfielder. They had to keep the Rule-V draft pick on their major-league roster for the entire season or risk losing him.

White failed to show the Mariners why losing him would be bad in his three appearances. He surrendered three runs on three hits (two home runs), two walks and no strikeouts in two innings worth of work. However, he did lower his major-league ERA almost five whole runs from 27.00, while with Boston, to 22.24.

White will return to the Indians farm system and the Mariners will receive $25,000.

With closer Kazuhiro Sasaki still sidelined with a rib injury, the club decided they needed to add depth to the over-worked and depleted bullpen rather than carry a second left-handed arm.

Taylor comes from AAA-Tacoma as their leader in saves with 16. He has a 2.45 ERA and 2.6 K/BB ratio. He has had more success this season against left-handers (.167 batting average against) than right-handers.

He has also pitched in 40 and one-third innings in 33 games. Only Shigetoshi Hasegawa has pitched more innings than Taylor among Mariner relievers.

The 25-year-old right-hander made his major-league debut during the final month of last season. He pitched five innings in five appearances with the parent club after his 24 saves helped lead double-A San Antonio to the Texas League title.

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