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Cloyd clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

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SEATTLE -- Right-hander Tyler Cloyd cleared waivers on Thursday and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, keeping the veteran pitcher in the Mariners organization after he was designated for assignment a day earlier.

The 30-year-old was added to the 40-man roster in early June as one of a series of moves to keep a fresh long reliever in Seattle's bullpen and he made one appearance for the club, earning the win while throwing a scoreless inning with two hits allowed in a victory over the Blue Jays on June 9 before being optioned back to Tacoma.

SEATTLE -- Right-hander Tyler Cloyd cleared waivers on Thursday and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, keeping the veteran pitcher in the Mariners organization after he was designated for assignment a day earlier.

The 30-year-old was added to the 40-man roster in early June as one of a series of moves to keep a fresh long reliever in Seattle's bullpen and he made one appearance for the club, earning the win while throwing a scoreless inning with two hits allowed in a victory over the Blue Jays on June 9 before being optioned back to Tacoma.

With Andrew Moore being recalled from Tacoma on Wednesday in order to start Thursday's series finale with the Tigers, Cloyd was designated for assignment to open a spot for Moore on the 40-man roster.

Cloyd's outing with Seattle two weeks ago was his first Major League appearance since 2013 while with the Phillies. He spent 2015 pitching in Korea before missing most of last year following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Cloyd opened this year pitching for the Somerset Patriots in the Independent Atlantic League, then signed a Minor League contract with the Mariners on May 12. He's gone 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA over 19 1/3 innings in five starts with Tacoma.

In parts of two seasons with the Phillies in 2012-13, Cloyd was 4-9 with a 5.98 ERA in 19 games, including 17 starts.

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

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