SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:
- Casey Lawrence, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
- Chase De Jong, RHP, optioned to AAA Tacoma
Lawrence (#61) will be in uniform and available for tonight’s (7:10 pm PT) game vs. the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field.
Lawrence, 29, made 1 relief appearance with AAA Tacoma after being claimed off waivers from Toronto on May 11. He allowed 1 run on 1 hit while striking out 1 in 1.0 inning on May 13 vs. Round Rock. Prior to being designated for assignment on May 8, he went 0-3 with an 8.78 ERA (13 ER, 13.1 IP) with 7 strikeouts and 11 walks in 4 games (2 starts) with Toronto. He was selected by the Blue Jays from AAA Buffalo on April 8 and made his Major League debut in relief later that day at Tampa Bay, taking the loss after allowing 1 run on 1 hit while walking 3 and striking out 1. The 6-foot, 175-pound right-hander made another relief outing the following day (4/9) at the Rays before being optioned to Buffalo on April 11. Lawrence made 2 starts with Buffalo before being recalled to the Blue Jays on April 22, where he made 2 starts, going 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA (10 ER, 11.1 IP) with 5 strikeouts and 6 walks. He was optioned back to Buffalo on April 28, earning a win in his final start with the club on May 3 vs. Rochester, allowing 1 run (0 earned runs) on 5 hits and 1 walk in 5.0 innings pitched.
In 2016, Lawrence combined to go 8-12 with a 4.17 ERA (75 ER, 162.0 IP) with 108 strikeouts and 37 walks in 28 total starts with AAA Buffalo and AA New Hampshire. The native of McSherrytown, PA, was originally signed as an amateur free agent on June 15, 2010 after 4 seasons at Albright College (Reading, PA). Over parts of 8 minor league seasons with the Blue Jays (2010-17) and Mariners (2017), he has compiled a career record of 64-60 with a 3.80 ERA (412 ER, 975.0 IP) in 173 career games (161 starts). In his minor league career, he has posted a 3.52 strikeout-to-walk ratio (637 K, 181 BB).
De Jong (dee-yong), 23, is 0-3 with a 7.40 ERA (20 ER, 24.1 IP) with 11 strikeouts and 11 walks in 6 games (4 starts) with the Mariners this season. He started last night’s game vs. the Athletics, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits (1 home run) while walking 3 and striking out 4 in 6.0 inning pitched. Since being recalled from AAA Tacoma on April 21 for his 2nd stint with the Mariners this season, he went 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA (17 ER, 23.2 IP) while walking 10 and striking out 11 in 5 games (4 starts). On May 6 vs. Texas, he tossed 6.0 innings and held the Rangers to 1 run on 4 hits (1 home run) while striking out 3 and not walking a batter. In that game, he became the 11th Mariners rookie pitcher (done 16x) with a start of at least 6.0 innings pitched with 4-or-fewer hits allowed, 1-or-fewer runs allowed and 0 walks. Prior to being recalled from Tacoma, he went 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA (2 ER, 10.1 IP) with 10 strikeouts and 5 walks in 2 starts with the Rainiers. In his first stint with the Mariners (4/3-5), he made his Major League debut on April 5 at Houston, taking the loss.
De Jong was acquired by the Mariners from the Dodgers in exchange for INF Drew Jackson and RHP Aneurys Zabala on March 1. In 2016, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander combined for a record of 15-5 with a 2.82 ERA (46 ER, 147.0 IP) with 133 strikeouts and 40 walks in 26 starts with AA Tulsa and AAA Oklahoma City in the Dodgers minor league system. Following the season, he was named Texas League Pitcher of the Year and a Baseball America Double-A All-Star. Over parts of 6 minor league seasons with the Blue Jays (2012-15), Dodgers (2015-16) and Mariners (2017), he is 32-21 with a 3.39 ERA (173 ER, 458.2 IP) with 426 strikeouts and 111 walks in 95 career games (83 starts). The native of Long Beach, CA, was originally selected by Toronto in the 2nd round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Wilson High School (Long Beach, CA). He was acquired by the Dodgers from the Blue Jays on July 2, 2015.