Mariners Add RHP Stephen Pryor To Major League Roster

The Mariners have called up hard-throwing right-handed pitcher Stephen Pryor from Triple-A Tacoma. He joined the team in Chicago, and will be in uniform (#46) for tonight’s series opener vs. the White Sox.

Pryor, 22, is 0-0 with 9 saves and a 0.64 ERA (2 ER, 28.0 IP) in 21 relief appearances combined between AAA Tacoma (0 ER, 12.0 IP) and AA Jackson (2 ER, 16.0 IP) in 2012. He has limited opponents to a .121 (12×99) average, while walking 12 and striking out 39.

The 6-4, 245-pound right-hander currently leads all Mariners farmhands with 9 saves. After allowing 2 earned runs in his first appearance this season with Jackson on April 5 vs. Birmingham, he has not allowed an earned run in his last 27.0 innings (1 R), including 12.0 scoreless innings since his promotion to Tacoma on May 8. Since joining the Rainiers, opponents are 0-for-16 with runners on base, including 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Pryor was the Mariners 5th round selection in the 2010 June draft out of Cleveland State Community College (TN). He is 4-3 with 24 saves and a 2.87 ERA (36 ER, 113.0 IP) in 82 career minor league relief appearances.

To make room on the active 25-man roster, RHP Steve Delabar was optioned to AAA Tacoma post-game Wednesday. To create a spot on the 40-man roster, LHP George Sherrill was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Sherrill underwent ulnar collateral ligament (“Tommy John”) surgery on May 4, and recovery and rehabilitation from the surgery will prevent Sherrill from pitching again this season.

RHP Stephen Pryor was selected from AAA Tacoma today.

– JE

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