The Seattle Mariners and Executive Vice President and General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced this morning that Brandon Maurer -- who made 10 starts as the club's 4th starter at the beginning of the season -- was being recalled, replacing right-hander Hector Noesi.
Noesi had been up with Seattle three times this season and combined to post a 5.64 ERA, 4.53 FIP, 1.79 WHIP, 12.5 H/9 and .320 opponent's average in his nine games and 22 1/3 innings. He started his 2013 in Double-A Jackson and threw 11 shutout innings in two starts before being promoted to Triple-A Tacoma. With the Rainiers Noesi struggled, with a 7.20 ERA, 6.43 FIP, 1.53 WHIP, 12.3 H/9, .308 opponent's average and 2.7 HR/9 in 30 innings and eight games, five of them starts. He pitched in the 10-1 loss to Cleveland that snapped Seattle's 8-game winning streak and gave up three runs of his own and allowed two inherited runners to score as well, allowing home runs to Michael Bourn (Grand Slam) and Asdrubal Cabrera in his 2 1/3 innings.
Erasmo Ramirez, Joe Saunders and today's starter, Aaron Harang, fill out the back three spots in the rotation now, and the Mariners announced that Maurer -- who started and threw 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday -- was available immediately, seemingly insinuating that the young righty will be working out of the pen, as Noesi did, in Seattle this time. That doesn't mean that things can't change, but it does mean that is what Maurer's role is for now. Blake Beavan was Tacoma's starter last night (a 9-7 win in 14 innings in which Carlos Peguero collected six hits), and it's possible that Maurer is only up for a few days until the club can get Beavan -- who was optioned on the 12th of this month and is eligible for recall now -- back up again and on regular rest.
Although Maurer's numbers in Tacoma weren't great (5.21 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 5.0 BB/9), he did improve -- albeit against Triple-A hitters -- against left-handed batters. Lefties hit just .244/.372/.372 in 94 plate appearances against Brandon in Tacoma. They hit .351/.416/.622 in 126 plate appearances in the big leagues before he was demoted. He was also a little unlucky, as his FIP was a respectable 3.74 for Tacoma.
Maurer has made only nine relief appearances out of 96 total games in his combined minor and major league career to this point. The Mariners game against the Twins this afternoon is not on TV, but Maurer will be there, in uniform and available.
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