Mariners reinstate RHP Hunter Strickland from the 60-day IL

RHP Matt Carasiti optioned to AAA Tacoma; RHP Félix Hernández transferred from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL

July 28th, 2019

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

  • Hunter Strickland, RHP, reinstated from 60-day Injured List and returned from rehab assignment with AAA Tacoma.
  • Matt Carasiti, RHP, optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game 7/27).
  • Félix Hernández, RHP, transferred to the 60-day Injured List.

Strickland, 30, was originally placed on the 10-day Injured List with a right lat strain on March 30. He was transferred to the 60-day Injured List on April 1. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on July 20. In 3 relief appearances with the Rainiers, he struck out 4 and walked 1 in 3.0 innings while allowing 2 hits and 1 run. He began the season by earning the save in each of the Mariners first 2 games (March 20 and 21 vs. Oakland in Tokyo). On March 29 vs. Boston, he was removed from the game after giving up a pinch-hit home run to Mitch Moreland and allowing 3 runs in 0.1 innings pitched. Overall, he is 0-1 with 2 saves and an 11.57 ERA (3 ER, 2.1 IP) in 3 games with the Mariners this season.

Strickland was signed by Seattle as a free agent on Jan. 27, 2019. Last season he was 3-5 with 14 saves and a 3.97 ERA (20 ER, 45.1 IP) in 49 games with the San Francisco Giants. He is 14-15 with 21 saves and a 3.00 ERA (76 ER, 228.1 IP) in parts of six big league seasons with San Francisco (2014-2018) and Seattle (2019-c). He was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Pike County High School in Zebulon, GA.

Carasiti, 27, went 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA (5 ER, 9.2 IP) with 10 strikeouts and 5 walks in 11 appearances (5 starts) with the Mariners. He did not allow a run in 6 relief appearances (5.1 IP), but gave up 6 runs (5 earned) over 4.1 innings in 5 starts as an "opener." Prior to being selected from Triple-A Tacoma on June 23, he was 2-for-2 in save opportunities while posting a 3.18 ERA (2 ER, 5.2 IP) in 5 games with the Rainiers. He was signed by Seattle to a minor league contract on June 7. He began the year with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. With Iowa, Carasiti was 1-1, 2.67 (8 ER, 27.0 IP) in 16 games with 1 save. He limited opposing hitters to a .204 batting average against prior to being released on June 7.

Carasiti, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander, was a 6th-round selection by the Colorado Rockies in the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft out of St. John’s University. He made his MLB debut with the Rockies on Aug. 12, 2016 at Philadelphia. He signed with Chicago-NL and spent the 2017 season with Iowa, before pitching in Japan with Yakult in 2018. In parts of 2 Major League seasons with the Rockies (2016) and Mariners (2019-c), he is 1-1 with a 7.46 ERA (21 ER, 25.1 IP) in 30 appearances (5 starts).

Hernández, 33, was originally placed on the 10-day Injured List with a right shoulder strain on May 12. He made a start on rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on June 14 at San Antonio, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, 2 HBP and 1 walk while striking out 2. In 8 starts with the Mariners this season, he is 1-4 with a 6.52 ERA (28 ER, 38.2 IP) with 34 strikeouts and 8 walks. He collected his 2,500th career strikeout on May 11 at Boston, becoming 1 of 12 pitchers in Major League history to collect 2,500 or more strikeouts with one team.

Since making his Major League debut with Seattle in 2015, Hernández is 169-132 in 412 games, 411 starts. He is a 2-time AL ERA champion, an AL Cy Young Award winner, a 6-time AL All-Star and holds the Mariners franchise record for career wins and strikeouts.