Update: The Mariners have made the roster move as expected.
The Mariners are making a roster move. You know how I know? I saw Alex Liddi walking down the street in San Diego looking for a place to have lunch.
Liddi said he’s been called up. And I recommended the Broken Yolk for lunch …. great breakfast burrito.
Liddi will replace right-hander Brandon Maurer on the roster. Maurer struggled again last night in the Mariners loss to the Padres. He needs to go down to Tacoma and kind of find himself and his command. It’s not the end of his career. It happens to a lot of pitchers. He has quality, big league stuff. What he doesn’t have right now is big league command or confidence. And that will come. But at this point, it was hurting Maurer and the Mariners to keep sending him out there.
Liddi, 24, batted .267 (55×206) with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs and 37 RBI in 50 games for the Tacoma Rainiers. He appeared mainly at third base for the Rainiers (42 games, 41 starts), but also played first base (7 games/starts) and designated hitter (2 games/starts).
Liddi appeared with the Mariners in each of the last two seasons, combining to bat .224 (35×156) with 6 home runs and 16 RBI in 53 games. He native of Sanremo, Italy was originally signed by Seattle as an International Free Agent on Sept. 9, 2005 and was the first Italian-born and developed player to play Major League Baseball when he debuted in 2011.
Maurer, 22, made 10 starts for the Mariners going 2-7 with a 6.93 ERA (38 ER, 49.1 IP). He started the Mariners last game Tuesday vs. the San Diego Padres, allowing 9 hits and 6 runs in 5.2 innings.
Maurer isn’t scheduled to pitch till Sunday in Minnesota so the Mariners have time to make a decision with the pitching staff. With Justin Smoak battling a sore oblique and Michael Morse straining a quad last night, they need the extra bat. Liddi can play both first and third base and even some left field if needed in an emergency. This is likely to be a very short stint for Liddi unless they decide to put either Smoak or Morse on the disabled list.
As for the Sunday starter, the Mariners could go with Hector Noesi in a spot start. They could call up Blake Beavan, who is on the 40-man roster. Or they could select Jeremy Bonderman, who has a June 1 opt out of his minor league contract.