BY SPNW Staff 10:49AM 09/01/2014

Mariners add 7 from Tacoma as rosters expand

Seven players from AAA Tacoma, including two who have not appeared with the club this season, RHP Carson Smith and C Humberto Quintero, were called up Monday by the Mariners on the first day of MLB roster expansion to 40 players. Smith is a rookie reliever and Quintero last played for the Mariners Sept. 21, 2013 against the Angels.

Also recalled: DH Corey Hart, who returned from rehab assignment and was activated from 15-day disabled list; 1B Justin Smoak, OF Stefan Romero, RHP Taijuan Walker, LHP Lucas Luetge.

Smith worked in 39 games for the Rainiers, all in relief, with a 1-3 record and 2.93 ERA in 62.1 innings. Quintero batted .290 in 73 games.

The most notable players not called up: RHP Erasmo Ramirez and DH Jesus Montero. Ramirez had six stints with the Mariners this season, but ended his last one by allowing 10 earned runs Aug. 27 vs. Texas. Montero was placed on the suspended list following his verbal altercation with a team scout last week during a Northwest League game.

OF Michael Saunders, laid low by a virus that caused him to lose 12 pounds, is on a rehab assignment to regain strength.

The Mariners also transferred Willie Bloomquist from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Seattle opened a three-game series at Oakland Monday to start a two-city, seven-game road trip. RHP Chris Young (22-6, 3.17) started for the Mariners opposite RHP Jason Hammel (1-5, 5.77).


  • fredbrack

    Luetge is a LHP. Monday game is afternoon, not night.

    • art thiel

      Fixed, Fred. You are ever vigilant. Hope all is well.

      • fredbrack

        I’m sensational, Arthur. Btw: The Sportspress crew does a great job.

  • jafabian

    I didn’t see the altercation and don’t think if he was available Montero should be called up but ai disagree with him being suspended. Maybe for a game or two at best. IMO the scout crossed the line big time.

    • art thiel

      you’re right about the scout, j, but the suspension and the counseling are for an accumulation of troubles, not the one episode. The minor league season is over, and he won’t get ABs in a pennant drive.

  • notaboomer

    accumulation of what troubles? all i ever read was that jesus came to camp fat and said he didn’t work out in the off-season. he did get cracked for using peds last year but he already served the suspension. then jesus went out and hit .300 with 20 hrs and 80 rbi give or take for tacoma yet never got a real opportunity to hit for the mariners. “the scout” is named butch baccala and he is the one who should be suspended but apparently jesus has to bear the cross for jack z and butch. if smoak gets ABs in the pennant drive, surely jesus deserves them. kendrys morales is stinking it up at dh.