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Garton clears waivers; Hannemann claimed

Reliever outrighted to Triple-A, while outfielder returns to Cubs
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SEATTLE -- Mariners reliever Ryan Garton cleared waivers on Thursday and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, while outfielder Jacob Hannemann was claimed by the Cubs.

The moves open two spots on Seattle's 40-man roster, which now stands at 38.

SEATTLE -- Mariners reliever Ryan Garton cleared waivers on Thursday and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, while outfielder Jacob Hannemann was claimed by the Cubs.

The moves open two spots on Seattle's 40-man roster, which now stands at 38.

Garton, 27, will remain in the Mariners' organization after clearing waivers. He posted a 1.54 ERA in 13 relief outings for Seattle after being acquired in an Aug. 6 trade from the Rays that also brought catcher Mike Marjama to the Mariners for left-hander Anthony Misiewicz and infielder Luis Rengifo, as well as a player to be named that turned out to be shortstop Osmy Gregorio.

Garton allowed just five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in 11 2/3 innings after being brought up to the Mariners as a September callup.

Hannemann played in 11 games for Seattle after being claimed off waivers from the Cubs on Sept. 4, going 3-for-20 with a home run. The 26-year-old also hit .265/.324/.404 with 23 stolen bases in 80 games for Triple-A Iowa with the Cubs, who designated former Mariners utilityman Mike Freeman for assignment Thursday to open a spot for Hannemann's return.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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