Erasmo Ramirez optioned down to Tacoma
In a move that seemed to be coming for over a month now, Seattle Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley was called back up to the big leagues after more than a month with the AAA farm club Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday.
To make room for Kelley, fellow reliever Erasmo Ramirez was sent down to Tacoma in a move that skipper Eric Wedge says is to condition him for a possible emergency starter role with the big league club.
Personally, I think this move was to shore up some bullpen help, since we’ve been blowing leads left and right this year, or at least I hope that is managements thinking.
Kelley, a former set-up man for the M’s, is in the position now to be the anchor in the bullpen, with the loss of George Sherrill.
With fans wanting the head of Brandon League on a platter, Shawn Kelley may just sneak his way into the closer role if he plays his cards right.
Still working on recovery, Kelley said that his arm feels great, and he is grateful for his time in Tacoma to work on getting his stuff back.
This is all great news Mariners fans! It shows not only that help is available down on the farm, but also that management is willing to take the chance on players they previously thought weren’t ready for the show.
It takes a big man to admit when he’s wrong.
Of course GM Jack Zduriencik would have to be a giant for all of the mistakes he’d have to admit to, but he is making strides toward that finally this season.
First this call up, and then the benching of Chone Figgins.
I think Jack Z is sick of explaining away his awful roster moves, and is ready to finally make the changes needed to win us some damn ballgames!
Or at least I hope.