BY SPNW Staff 03:49PM 06/02/2017

Segura back on DL; Cruz back in Mariners lineup

The Mariners Friday made another spate of roster moves, selecting RHP Tyler Cloyd and INF Tyler Smith from AAA Tacoma, placing SS Jean Segura on the 10-day disabled list with a high ankle sprain, optioning RHP Casey Lawrence to the Rainiers, transferring RHP Ryan Weber to the 60-day DL and designating OF Andrew Aplin for assignment.

DH Nelson Cruz, who also was taken from Thursday’s game after his right hand was hit by a pitch in the third inning, was back in the lineup at DH for Friday’s 7:10 p.m. game against Tampa Bay at Safeco Field. Manager Scott Servais said before the game that Cruz had only a bruise, no broken bone, and said he could play.

Taylor Motter, who filled in Thursday at shortstop after Segura left, was in the lineup at short and hitting seventh. RF Ben Gamel took Segura’s spot at the top of the lineup.

Cloyd and Smith were available Friday. Smith will make his MLB debut with his first appearance.

Segura, 27, was removed from Thursday’s game vs. Colorado in the fifth inning after a slide into second base, after which he was helped off the field. He was hitting .341 (second in the American League) in 43 games this season. This is Segura’s second stint on the disabled list this season, after a hamstring strain in April.

Cloyd, 30, went 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA in four starts with Tacoma after having his contract purchased from the independent Atlantic League. He signed a signed a minor league contract with Seattle May 12 and was assigned to Tacoma. In parts of two MLB seasons with Philadelphia (2012-13), he was 4-9 with a 5.98 ERA in 17 starts.

Smith, 25, is batting .265 with five home runs in 50 games with Tacoma. He was selected by Seattle in the eighth round of the 2013 draft out of Oregon State.

Lawrence, 29, had a 3.29 ERA in five relief appearances, including five innings Thursday  in which he set the club record of nine relief strikeouts.

Weber, 26, went on the DL with a right biceps strain. The Mariners claimed Aplin off waivers May 24. He played in six games with Tacoma.

The Mariners (25-30), who had a season-high-equaling, four-game winning streak snapped Thursday night, will send RHP Christian Bergman (2-2, 4.67) to the mound opposite RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.14).


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