DETROIT, Mich. – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves.
- Chase De Jong, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
- Casey Fien, RHP, selected from AAA Tacoma.
- Ben Gamel, OF, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
- Dillon Overton, LHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
- Mitch Haniger, OF, placed on 10-day disabled list with strained right oblique.
- Felix Hernandez, RHP, placed on 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
- Chris Heston, RHP, optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game 4/25).
- Evan Marshall, RHP, optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game 4/25).
The Mariners 40-man roster is now full.
De Jong (#35), Fien (#38), Gamel (#16) and Overton (#60) will be in uniform and available for tonight’s game (4:10 p.m. PT) at the Detroit Tigers.
De Jong (dee-yong), 23, was optioned on April 23 but is able to return before the 10-day minimum due to an injury on the 25-man roster. He tossed 4.0 shutout innings on April 22 and has appeared in two games and two stints with Seattle this season. He was 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA (2 ER, 10.1 IP) with 10 strikeouts in two starts for AAA Tacoma. He made his Major League debut on April 5 at Houston, taking the loss. He was acquired by Seattle from Los Angeles (NL) on March 1. He was recalled from Tacoma (Overton paternity leave) on Opening Day before being optioned post-game on April 5.
In 2016, De Jong combined for a 15-5, 2.82 mark in 26 starts with AA Tulsa (14-5, 2.86 in 25 GS) and AAA Oklahoma City (1-0, 1.69 in 1 GS) in the Dodgers minor league system. De Jong struck out a combined 133 batters in 147.0 innings pitched in 2016, while walking only 40. Following the season, he was named Texas League Pitcher of the Year and a Baseball America Double-A All-Star. In six minor league seasons, he is 32-21, 3.39 (173 ER, 458.2 IP) in 95 games, 83 starts. For his minor league career, he has nearly a 4-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio, having struck out 426 while walking 111 in 458.2 innings. De Jong was drafted by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2012 June Draft out of Wilson HS in Long Beach, CA. He was acquired by the Dodgers on July 2, 2015.
Fien, 33, was 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA (1 ER, 4.1 IP) with 3 strikeouts in four relief appearances with AAA Tacoma after being outrighted on April 12. In his first stint with Seattle, he was 0-0 with an 11.12 ERA (7 ER, 5.2 IP) with 5 strikeouts in 5 appearances this season. He combined to go 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA (24 ER, 39.1 IP) with 35 strikeouts and 10 walks in 39 relief appearances last season with Minnesota and Los Angeles – NL. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound right-hander began the season with the Twins, where he went 1-0 with a 7.90 ERA (12 ER, 13.2 IP) with 12 strikeouts and 3 walks in 14 games. After being claimed off waivers from the Twins by the Dodgers on May 7, Fien went 0-1 with a 4.21 ERA (12 ER, 25.2 IP) with 23 strikeouts and 7 walks in 25 relief appearances with Los Angeles – NL.
The native of Santa Rosa, CA, was selected by Detroit in the 20th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He made his Major League debut with the Tigers on July 26, 2009 vs. Chicago-AL. After making 23 relief appearances in the Houston Astros minor league system in 2011, Fien signed as a free agent with Minnesota on Jan. 3, 2012. In parts of 7 Major League seasons with the Tigers (2009-2010), Twins (2012-2016) and Dodgers (2016), Fien has compiled a career record of 17-17 with a 4.20 ERA (132 ER, 282.2 IP) with 246 strikeouts and 58 walks in 298 career relief appearances.
Gamel, 24 (turns 25 on May 17), hit .288 (17×59) with 6 runs, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 home run, 8 RBI, 12 walks, 1 stolen base and a .419 on-base percentage in 18 games with AAA Tacoma this season. The 5-foot-11, 187-pound outfielder hit safely in 8-of-his-last-9 games (4/16-24), including 3 multi-hit games. During that span, Gamel hit .355 (11×31) with 4 runs, 1 triple, 1 home run, 6 RBI and 7 walks in 9 games.
Gamel appeared in 6 games with the Yankees last season before being acquired by the Mariners for Jio Orozco (rhp) and Juan De Paula (rhp) on Aug. 31. In 27 games with the Mariners in 2016, he hit .200 (8×40) with 8 runs, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 5 RBI. Overall, he hit .188 (9×48) with 9 runs, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 5 RBI in 33 games. He recorded his first career RBI in his Mariners debut on Sept. 2 vs. Los Angeles-AL and hit his first Major League home run on Sept. 12 at the Angels. Gamel was named the 2016 International League MVP after batting .308 (149×483) with 26 doubles, 6 home runs, 51 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 116 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The native of Neptune Beach, Fla., was originally drafted by New York-AL in the 10th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Bishop Kenny (FL) High School.
Overton, 25, appeared in two games with AAA Tacoma, including one start after being optioned on April 14, going 1-0 with an 8.44 ERA (5 ER, 5.1 IP) with 7 strikeouts. He made two relief appearances with the Mariners earlier this season, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 2 in 1.1 inning pitched. The 6-foot-2, 172-pound left-hander was named to the Mariners Opening Day roster on April 2. He was placed on the paternity list the following day (April 3) and re-joined the Mariners on April 6.
He appeared in 7 games (5 starts) with Oakland in 2016, posting a record of 1-3, with an 11.47 ERA (31 ER, 24.1 IP). In four minor league seasons with Oakland (2014-16) and Seattle (2017), he is 21-14 with a 3.28 ERA (107 ER, 294.0 IP) with 271 strikeouts in 62 games, including 58 starts. Seattle acquired him from the Athletics on Jan. 26, 2017 in exchange for catcher Jason Goldstein.
Haniger, 26, hit .338 (27×80) with 20 runs, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 16 RBI, 13 walks, 2 stolen bases and a .442 on-base percentage in 21 games with Seattle this season. He was lifted for a pinch-runner in the top of the 3rd inning yesterday (4/25) game at Detroit. Haniger currently ranks among the American League leaders in several offensive categories: 1st in runs (20), 2nd in on-base percentage (.442), T3rd in hits (27) and doubles (7), 4th in extra-base hits (12), T5th in RBI (16), T6th in walks (13), 7th in batting average (.338) and 8th in slugging (.600). The 6-foot-2, 210-pound outfielder hit safely in 13 consecutive games, April 6-19, batting .380 (19×50) with 13 runs, 4 doubles, 4 home runs, 15 RBI, 8 walks and 1 steal during that span. Haniger’s 13-game hitting streak currently stands as the longest hitting streak in the Major Leagues this season. His 16 RBI are T2nd-most in the month of April by a Mariners rookie (also: Jim Maler, 1982 and Danny Tartabull, 1986), trailing only Alvin Davis’ 17 RBI in April of 1984.
He was acquired the Mariners along with INF Jean Segura and LHP Zac Curtis from the Diamondbacks on Nov. 23, 2016 in exchange for RHP Taijuan Walker and INF Ketel Marte. Haniger made his Major League debut with Arizona last season on Aug. 16 vs. New York-NL. He went on to hit .229 (25×109) with 9 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 17 RBI in 34 games with the Diamondbacks last season. The native of Mountain View, Calif., was originally selected by New York-NL in the 31st round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft but did not sign. He was selected in the 1st round (38th overall) of the 2012 Draft by Milwaukee.
Hernandez, 31, went 2-2 with a 4.73 ERA (14 ER, 26.2 IP) with 22 strikeouts and 3 walks in 5 starts with the Mariners this season. He took the loss yesterday (4/25) at Detroit, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits (1 home run) and 2 walks while striking out 2 in 2.0 innings of work. Yesterday’s outing marked his shortest start since June 12, 2015 at Houston (0.1 IP). Hernandez’s 7.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio (22 K, 3 BB) ranks 7th-best in the Major Leagues this season. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound right hander began the season without walking a batter in his first three starts, the longest such streak of his career to start a season.
Hernandez was on the 15-day disabled list, June 1 (retroactive to May 28)-July 20, 2016 with a right calf strain, his first trip to the DL since 2008. In parts of 13 Major League seasons with the Mariners, he is 156-111 with a 3.18 ERA (862 ER, 2442.1 IP) with 2286 strikeouts and 698 walks in 364 career starts. Hernandez is the Mariners all-time career leader in wins (156), starts (364), quality starts (242), innings pitched (2442.1) and strikeouts (2286). The native of Valencia, Venezuela, originally signed with the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on July 4, 2002.
Heston, 29, was recalled from AAA Tacoma on April 23 and appeared in 1 game with the Mariners, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, including 2 home runs while walking 1 and striking out 1 in 2.0 innings last night (4/25) at Detroit. Prior to being recalled, he was 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA (6 ER, 17.0 IP) with 19 strikeouts in 3 starts, including one complete game, with AAA Tacoma.
In parts of three Major League seasons with the Giants, he is 13-12 with a 4.16 ERA (87 ER, 188.0 IP) with 148 strikeouts in 38 games, including 32 starts. In eight minor league seasons with San Francisco (2009-2016) and Seattle (2017), Heston is 49-54 with a 3.63 ERA (353 ER, 874.1 IP) with 726 strikeouts in 154 games, including 148 starts. He was drafted by the Giants in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player draft out of East Carolina University (Greenville, NC).
Marshall, 27, was 0-0 with a 9.39 (8 ER, 7.2 IP) in 5 relief appearances with Seattle, including allowing 7 earned runs in 2.0 innings last night. Prior to yesterday, he had allowed just 1 ER in his first 4 games with the Mariners (5.2 IP). Marshall was recalled from AAA Tacoma on April 12. He appeared in one game with the Rainiers, striking out two in 0.2 innings after being claimed off waivers from Arizona on April 4. The D-backs designated him for assignment on March 28 after he posted a 3.38 ERA (2 ER, 5.1 IP) in 6 Cactus League games with Arizona.
In 15 appearances with Arizona last season, he posted an 8.80 ERA (15 ER, 15.1 IP) with 9 strikeouts in 15 relief appearances. With AAA Reno, he was 1-1 with a 4.59 ERA (17 ER, 33.1 IP) with 28 strikeouts in 33 relief appearances. He was on the minor league disabled list Aug. 24-31 with a right lumbar spine strain. In parts of three Major League seasons, he is 4-7 with a 4.50 ERA (39 ER, 78.0 IP) with 70 strikeouts in 85 relief appearances. In six minor league seasons, he is 13-14 with a 3.77 ERA (92 ER, 220.1 IP) with 191 strikeouts in 202 games. He was selected by Arizona in the 4th round of the 2011 MLB First-year Player Draft out of Kansas State University.