SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the Mariners have recalled right-handed pitcher Chasen Bradford from AAA Tacoma. Right-handed pitcher David McKay was optioned to AAA Tacoma following last night’s game (May 30).
Bradford will be in uniform (#60) and available for tonight’s 7:10 pm game vs. the Los Angeles Angels.
Bradford, 29, is 1-for-1 in save opportunities with 1 hold in 10 relief appearances with the Mariners this season. The 6-foot-1, 226-pound right-hander has posted a 4.61 ERA (7 ER, 13.2 IP) while striking out 10 and walking 3. He has worked at least 1.2 innings in 3 of his 10 outings this season, including a career-high 3.1 innings on May 1 vs. Chicago-NL. Bradford was optioned to AAA Tacoma on May 10 and appeared in 5 games with the Rainiers. He had 1 save with Tacoma while posting a 6.75 ERA in 5 games (4 ER, 5.1 IP). Three of the 4 runs he allowed came in one outing (May 19 at Reno); he allowed just 1 ER in his other 4 games (4.1 IP / 2.08 ERA).
Bradford has appeared in parts of 3 Major League season with the Mets (2017) and Mariners (2018-c), compiling a career record of 7-0 with 1 save and a 3.83 ERA (43 ER, 101.0 IP0 with 75 strikeouts and 30 walks in 84 career appearances. He was claimed off waivers by the Mariners from the Mets on Jan. 19, 2018. He was originally selected by the Mets in the 35th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
McKay, 24, was 0-0, 1.80 (1 ER, 5.0 IP) in 5 games since being recalled from Tacoma on May 19. He allowed 2 runs, 1 earned run in 1.0 inning pitched last night vs. LAA. McKay has spent the majority of the season with the Rainiers. He was selected by Seattle from Tacoma on March 30, but optioned back to AAA on April 1 without appearing in a game. With Tacoma this season, McKay was 2-0, 5.91 (14 ER, 21.1 IP) in 14 relief appearances. He has allowed runs in only 3 of his last 10 appearances, and 11 of the 14 total runs he allowed this season came in 3 outings (2.2 IP). Discounting those 3 games, he was 2-0, 1.42 in 11 games. McKay was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (2 ER, 6.0 IP) in 6 Spring Training games with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.
McKay was originally acquired in a minor league trade with Kansas City on March 20, 2018. He pitched at three levels of the Mariners farm system last season, making stops at High-A Modesto (6 G), Triple-A Tacoma (1 G) and Double-A Arkansas (35 G).