SEATTLE -- Alex Colome arrived on Sunday to bolster the Mariners' bullpen and wound up getting the save in a 3-1 win over the Twins and the club also received good news on Jean Segura after the shortstop passed a concussion test and was back in the lineup for Monday's game
SEATTLE -- Alex Colome arrived on Sunday to bolster the Mariners' bullpen and wound up getting the save in a 3-1 win over the Twins and the club also received good news on Jean Segura after the shortstop passed a concussion test and was back in the lineup for Monday's game against Rangers.
The Mariners lost setup man Nick Vincent, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin that will sideline him at least a few weeks. But Segura avoided the 7-day concussion DL after being kicked in the head sliding into second base on a double play during Saturday's 4-3, 12-inning victory over the Twins.
The Mariners also brought up right-handed reliever Dan Altavilla and catcher Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned catcher David Freitas and first baseman Daniel Vogelbach back to Tacoma. Herrmann, a six-year Major League veteran, provides a left-handed-hitting option behind the plate while Altavilla further bolsters a bullpen that is now back to eight.
Herrmann had to be added to the 40-man roster, so utility man Taylor Motter was designated for assignment. Motter hit .197 in 37 games for Tacoma after being sent down earlier this season.
When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.
Colome was acquired from the Rays along with outfielder Denard Span on Friday. Span was traveling from Tampa on Sunday and will be added to the roster on Monday when the Mariners open a four-game series with the Rangers.
Herrmann, a 30-year-old who signed as a Minor League free agent on April 5 after being released by the D-backs late in Spring Training, has hit .266 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 37 games with Tacoma.
He found out shortly after arriving Sunday morning from Las Vegas that he'd be starting Sunday's game, and he went 1-for-4 and worked well with starter Mike Leake, whom he'd never met until about an hour before the game.
"We knew each other for 15 minutes before pitching," Leake said with a smile. "He's got a really good feel back there. He helped out a lot today as far as mixing and keeping them off balance."
"This is the first time I've been called up and playing the same day," Herrmann said. "I'm pretty excited about that. People are saying they're throwing me into the fire, but it's exciting for me. This is what we all work for, to be in the big leagues. I caught last night, but I'm ready to go again."
Herrmann spent time with the Twins from 2012-15 and D-backs in 2016-17 and has hit .202 with 22 homers and 88 RBIs in 304 Major League games. Freitas was batting .217 as Mike Zunino's backup, but had gone 2-for-18 over his past eight games.
"We're looking for a little more offense. Chris has four years in the big leagues and is a left-handed bat with versatility," Servais said. "He can play first base or go in the outfield. Anytime you bring in a new catcher it's always a little challenging, especially since we didn't have him in Spring Training. But this guy has been around and I think he'll adjust quickly."
Colome's arrival proved timely, with Vincent going on the DL and Edwin Diaz having pitched four of the past five games. Servais said Colome would primarily share the setup role with Juan Nicasio.
"They told me I'm going to throw mostly the eighth now with Diaz," Colome said. "I don't have any problem with that. I can pitch anywhere. For me, it's not hard. This is baseball. The thing is trying to help the team and be a nice teammate. It doesn't offend me to throw the eighth instead of the ninth."
Vincent has been part of that process this season, but now will be on the DL for just the second time in his three seasons with the Mariners.
"It's something he's dealt with before he got here in Seattle," Servais said of the groin strain. "I don't think it's that bad. In 2009 he tried to pitch through it and it got worse. So when he felt it last night, he shut it down. Hopefully it's just a couple weeks, but you never know. He's been throwing the ball outstanding."
Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.