MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – 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.
- Emilio Pagan, RHP, optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game 6/11).
Lawrence (#61) will be in uniform and available for tonight’s (5:10 p.m. PT) game vs. the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Lawrence, 29, is 0-0 with a 3.29 ERA (5 ER, 13.2 IP) with 16 strikeouts and 3 walks in 5 relief appearances with the Mariners this season. The 6-foot, 175-pound right-hander struck out 9 over 5.0 innings in relief on June 1 vs. Colorado, setting the single-game club record for strikeouts by a reliever. On June 2, he was optioned to AAA Tacoma, where he went 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA (4 ER, 4.0 IP) with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk in 2 relief appearances. He made 1 relief appearance with AAA Tacoma after being claimed off waivers from Toronto on May 11 before being recalled by the Mariners on May 17. Overall, he is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA (5 ER, 5.0 IP) with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk in 3 outings with Tacoma. 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. With AAA Buffalo, he was 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA (1 ER, 10.0 IP) with 7 strikeouts in 3 starts. 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 Toronto (2010-17) and Seattle (2017), he is 64-60 with a 3.82 ERA (416 ER, 979.0 IP) with 641 strikeouts and 182 walks in 175 career games (161 starts).
Pagan, 26, tossed 4.0 scoreless innings in relief yesterday vs. Toronto and recorded a career-high 5 strikeouts. He retired the first 7 batters he faced yesterday – extending his streak to 19 consecutive batters retired – before issuing a one-out walk in the 7th inning. Over 3 stints with Seattle this season (May 22-24, May 2-6, June 10-11), the 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA (5 ER, 10.2 IP) with 11 strikeouts and 2 walks in 4 games. Pagan made his Major League debut on May 3 vs. the Angels. He is 1-1 with 2 saves and a 3.38 ERA (9 ER, 24.0 IP) with 27 strikeouts and 7 walks in 15 games with AAA Tacoma this season. In parts of 5 minor league seasons in the Mariners organization, Pagan is 12-16 with 48 saves and a 2.52 ERA (70 ER, 249.2 IP) with 296 strikeouts and 83 walks in 160 career appearances, all in relief. The native of Greenville, SC, was originally selected by the Mariners in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.