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Mike Carp Recalled, Miguel Olivo Placed on DL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced today that outfielder Mike Carp, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder since March 29, has been recalled from his rehabilitation assignment at AAA Tacoma, and activated from the 15-day disabled list. Catcher Miguel Olivo has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin.

Carp, 25, will be in uniform (#20) and available for today’s (4:10 PT) game at the Tampa Bay Rays.

Carp began his rehab assignment with AAA Tacoma on April 13. In 13 games with the Rainiers, Carp hit .137 (7-for-51) with 2 doubles and 4 RBI.

Carp was diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder on March 29. He suffered the injury diving for a Kurt Suzuki double in the fourth inning on March 28 in the Japan Opening Series against Oakland. Carp remained in the game and was examined after the game.

In 2011 Carp was selected by MLB.com as Mariners Breakout Player of the Year, was named to Baseball America’s All-Rookie team, along with Dustin Ackley and was listed amongst AL rookie leaders in several offensive categories including Grand Slams (1, T1st), Slugging (.466, 2nd), Batting Average (.276, 4th), RBI (46, 4th), Home Runs (12, T4th), Extra Base Hits (30, 6th) and On-base Percentage (.326, 6th). He appeared in 79 games at 4 positions: 1B – 34 G/30 GS, LF – 27 G/26 GS, DH – 19 G/GS, RF – 1 G/0 GS.

Mike Carp rejoins the Mariners today after being on the DL since March 29. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Olivo, 33, was injured in the 9th inning of last night’s 3-2 loss at Tampa Bay, fielding a ball between the mound and home plate. He was in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak during which he batted .333 (11-for-33) with 3 home runs (including one last night) and 4 RBI.

For the season, Olivo was hitting .210 (17-for-81) with 2 doubles, 4 homers and 7 RBI. He had started 19 of the teams first 24 games behind the plate.

Catcher Adam Moore Begins Rehab Assignment Tonight

OAKLAND, Calif. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced today that catcher Adam Moore, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a fracture in the third metacarpal in his right wrist since March 28 (retroactive to March 24), will begin his rehabilitation assignment tonight at AAA Tacoma.

Moore, 27, is catching and batting fifth in the Tacoma Rainiers season opener.

He is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 8th.

Moore was struck on the right wrist while blocking a pitch on March 6 vs. the Cincinnati Reds. He finished the game (2-for-2 with a double and 2 RBI) and iced the wrist after the game. He arrived at the ballpark March 7 and determined pain remained in the wrist, and it inhibited his ability to swing. An x-ray exam that day revealed a fracture in the third metacarpal in his right wrist.

Moore appeared in two games with the Mariners in 2011 batting .167 (1×6) with a double. He left the game April 6, 2011 at Texas with an injured right knee. He was placed on the 60-day DL on April 7 and underwent arthroscopic surgery April 12 to repair a medial meniscus tear.

The 25-Man Roster & Minor League Rosters

The Mariners had to set their 25-man roster today, moving from the 28-roster allowed in Japan. To move from 28 players to 25, Seattle has optioned the following players over the last two days to Triple-A Tacoma:

  • RHP Shawn Kelley
  • OF Carlos Peguero
  • LHP Charlie Furbush

Here is a look at the Major League roster heading into the two-game series starting in Oakland on Friday night:

And Opening Day rosters were also announced today for the Mariners four full-season minor league squads: AAA Tacoma, AA Jackson, A High Desert and A Clinton:

The four minor league affiliates open the 2012 season tomorrow: the Rainers (AAA) host Salt Lake in Tacoma, the Generals (AA) host Birmingham in Jackson, the Mavericks (A) host Lancaster in Adelanto, the LumberKings host Burlington in Clinton.

– JE

Mariners Place OF Mike Carp on 15-Day DL; Carlos Peguero Recalled

TOKYO, Japan. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the following roster moves:

  • OF Mike Carp placed on 15-day disabled list.
  • OF Carlos Peguero recalled from AAA Tacoma.

Carp, 25, was diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder. He suffered the injury diving for a Kurt Suzuki double in the fourth inning last night. Carp remained in the game and was examined after the game. Carp will be re-evaluated upon the Mariners return to Arizona.

Peguero, 25, accompanied the team to Japan as part of the 30-man roster but was optioned to AAA Tacoma March 27 (Tuesday) to get the Mariners to an Opening Day 28-man roster.

For more information is also available online at www.Mariners.com.

– FA

Mariners Place OF Franklin Gutierrez & C Adam Moore on 15-Day DL

MARINERS PLACE OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ & C ADAM MOORE ON 15-DAY DL
Both roster moves are retroactive to March 24.

TOKYO, Japan. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the following roster moves:

  • OF Franklin Gutierrez placed on 15-day disabled list (retro to March 24)
  • C Adam Moore placed on 15-day disabled list (retro to March 24).

These moves set the Mariners Opening Day 28-man roster.

Gutierrez, 29, was diagnosed with a partial tear of his right pectoral muscle by Mariners Medical Director Dr. Edward Khalfayan. Gutierrez suffered the injury on Tuesday, February 28, making a throw from the outfield during a fielding drill. Gutierrez is being treated non-surgically.

Moore, 27, blocked a ball in the game March 6 vs. the Cincinnati Reds. The ball struck Moore on the right wrist. Moore finished the game (and was 2-for-2 with a double and 2 RBI) and iced the wrist after the game. He arrived at the ballpark March 7 and determined pain remained in the wrist, and it inhibited his ability to swing.  An x-ray exam that day revealed a fracture in the third metacarpal in his right wrist.

Mariners Complete Final Workout Before Opening Day

It was a low-key workout day for the Mariners on the last day before the start of the regular season.

The team bus left the hotel at noon and arrived at the Tokyo Dome around 12:30 for a 1:30 pm workout and soon the Mariners sent out a news release announcing the provisional roster for Opening Day in Japan.

The biggest news item of that release was Munenori Kawasaki being on the roster and the media obviously wanted to hear his thoughts about the honor.

Munenori Kawasaki talks to the media about being included on the Mariners 28-man Opening Day roster.

Some writers had assumed that he made the team yesterday after seeing an emotional Kawasaki in the clubhouse but it was made “official” this afternoon.

Robby Thompson, who filled in for Eric Wedge in the pre-workout news conference, said “he has done a lot of good things for us, he’s full of energy and has passion for the game. He’s a great teammate, all of us love the guy and he’s brought a lot of life to this club.”

Another guy who got good news was right-hander Erasmo Ramirez. After seeing him walk out of the Manager’s office last night with a big smile on his face, it was clear that he had received some good news.

Some members of the Mariners including Eric Wedge, Alex Liddi, Hector Noesi and Hisashi Iwakuma missed the workout and instead went to Ishinomaki Stadium where they held a baseball clinic. Check back later for a slide show from this appearance.

Mariners Manager Eric Wedge works with a young child at Ishinomaki Stadium.

Mariners Announce Provisional 28-Man Opening Day Roster

MARINERS ANNOUNCE PROVISIONAL 28-MAN OPENING DAY ROSTER
Final Roster not due to MLB until Wednesday, March 28.

TOKYO, Japan — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced today the Mariners planned 28-man roster for the season opener in Japan.

FINAL ROSTERS ARE NOT DUE TO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL UNTIL 1 PM ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28. The Mariners Opening Day roster will NOT be official until that time.

To move from 30 players (the travel roster to Japan) to 28 eligible players, the Mariners made the following roster moves:

  • OF Carlos Peguero, RHP Chance Ruffin were optioned to AAA Tacoma.
  • C Guillermo Quiroz was re-assigned to minor league camp.

To set the Opening Day roster, the Mariners made the following roster moves:

  • INF Munenori Kawasaki, RHP Kevin Millwood (still in Arizona) and RHP Erasmo Ramirez selected from Tacoma.

The Major League 40-man roster is now at 40 players.

To move from 28 players (the Opening Day Roster) to 25 eligible players, the Mariners made the following moves:

  • RHP Kevin Millwood, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma and RHP Hector Noesi designated as ineligible for the Japan Opening Series vs. the A’s.

Here is a look at the 28-man Opening Day roster (players in italics are not eligible for the first two games):

Pitchers (11+3)
49 BEAVAN, Blake RHP
35 DELABAR, Steve RHP
34 HERNANDEZ, Felix RHP
18 IWAKUMA, Hisashi RHP
23 KELLEY, Shawn RHP
43 LEAGUE, Brandon RHP
25 MILLWOOD, Kevin RHP
45 NOESI, Hector RHP
50 RAMIREZ, Erasmo RHP
54 WILHELMSEN, Tom RHP
41 FURBUSH, Charlie LHP
44 LUETGE, Lucas LHP
52 SHERRILL, George LHP
38 VARGAS, Jason LHP
Catchers (3)
27 JASO, John C
63 MONTERO, Jesus C
30 OLIVO, Miguel C
Infielders (7)
13 ACKLEY, Dustin INF
9 FIGGINS, Chone INF
61 KAWASAKI, Munenori INF
16 LIDDI, Alex INF
26 RYAN, Brendan INF
15 SEAGER, Kyle INF
17 SMOAK, Justin INF
Outfielders (4)
20 CARP, Mike OF
55 SAUNDERS, Michael OF
51 SUZUKI, Ichiro OF
33 WELLS, Casper OF

ITAL – Not eligible for first two games.

Carlos Guillen Announces Retirement

Carlos Guillen, a three-time All Star and veteran of 14 Major League seasons, just announced his retirement from baseball. Guillen was in the Mariners Major League camp as a non-roster invitee, and has been battling a calf injury.

Carlos played 14 seasons in the Majors with Seattle (1998-2003) and Detroit (2004-2011). He finishes his career with a .285 (1331×4673) average with 733 runs, 266 doubles, 51 triples, 124 home runs, 660 RBI in 1,305 Major League games. He has appeared in games at first base (71, 39 starts), second base (84, 82 starts), third base (189, 183 starts), shortstop (856, 817 starts) and left field (48, 48 starts). In a five-season stretch from 2004-2008, Guillen was selected to three All-Star Games (2004, 2007, 2008) and combined to bat .308 (734×2383) with 157 doubles, 30 triples, 75 home runs and 361 RBI.

Guillen made his Major League debut with the Mariners in 1998, and played in 488 total games with Seattle from 1998-2003. He hit .264 (439×1665) with 80 doubles, 16 triples, 29 home runs and 211 RBI in his time with the Mariners. He is possibly best known for his walk-off bunt single in Game #3 of the 2000 American League Division Series vs. the Chicago White Sox. A Mariners moment that will forever go down as one of the best in club history.

We wish the best to Carlos in his future endeavors, and a tip of the cap to a great career.

Carlos Guillen's walk-off bunt single vs. the White Sox in Game #3 of the 2000 ALDS.

Mariners Add Veteran Relievers

The Mariners made a couple of roster moves today, signing free agent relief pitchers Shawn Camp and Hong-Chih Kuo to Major League deals.

You can get all the details and players career statistics via the official news release and in Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns’ article.

What the Mariners essentially did today was bolster their bullpen with a pair of veteran relievers. Here are a couple of fun statistics on both players…

Shawn Camp:
Much has been made of Camp’s groundball rate as one of the best in baseball and that he is a workhorse, appearing in 196 games over the last 3 seasons (3rd-most among AL relievers). We also offer up this little known nugget about Camp and his dominance against the American League West.

  • Overall last 3 seasons, Camp has gone 1-1 with 1 save and a 2.18 ERA (10 ER, 41.1 IP) in 39 appearances vs. the AL West.
  • Since 2009, has not allowed an earned run against the A’s (10.1 IP) and Angels (13.1 IP).

Mariners RHP Shawn Camp. (Getty Images)

Hong-Chih Kuo:
In 2010 with the Dodgers, Kuo led all Major League relief pitchers in ERA (1.20), opponent batting average (.139) and opponent slugging percentage (.192).

  • Kuo is one of only two pitchers in MLB history to record a season with at least 50.0 innings, and hold opponents to a batting average under .150, a slugging percentage under .200, and maintain an ERA under 1.50.
  • The other pitcher was Eric Gagne in 2003 with the Dodgers (55-for-55 in save opportunities, 1.20 ERA, .133 opp avg, .176 opp SLG).

LHP Hong-Chih Kuo signed with Seattle today. (Getty Images)

– JE

Carlos Guillen Returns to Mariners

The Mariners announced today the signing of Carlos Guillen to a minor league contact with an invite to Major League Spring Training. Mariners fans are very familiar with Guillen, as he made his Major League debut with the club in 1998 and played six seasons in the Emerald City (1998-2003).

Here is the official news release and a story by Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns.

Guillen has played in parts of 14 Major League seasons with Seattle (1998-2003) and Detroit (2004-2011). He is a career .285 (1331×4673) hitter with 733 runs, 266 doubles, 51 triples, 124, 660 RBI in 1,305 Major League games. In a five-season stretch from 2004-2008, Guillen was selected to three All-Star Games (2004, 2007, 2008) and combined to bat .308 (734×2383) with 157 doubles, 30 triples, 75 home runs and 361 RBI.

General Manager Jack Zduriencik said this morning that there are a number of things to like about inviting Carlos to spring training and giving him every opportunity to make the club. He noted his versatility in the field, potential middle-of-the-lineup presence, clubhouse leadership and his playoff experience.

Carlos Guillen laid down a perfect squeeze bunt for a walk-off win in Game 3 of the 2000 ALDS in a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Oct. 6, 2000.

And here is an inside look into the Baseball Information side of things when we add a player to the roster with as much experience as Guillen. This stat line alone will take up two pages in the media guide!

– JE

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