Another day, another player move. And now, a game gets moved — four hours earlier. Thursday’s finale of the Mariners’ three-game series in Washington, D.C., has been moved from a 1:05 p.m. PT start to 9:05 a.m. to avoid thundershower activity forcasted for later in the day.
Prior to Wednesday’s game, the fast-sinking Mariners shuffled the roster to keep live arms available. Two right-handed pitchers were swapped out, Rob Whalen coming up from AAA Tacoma and Emilio Pagan going down to the Rainiers.
Whalen, 23, was on the Mariners roster for a day, May 5, before being return to Tacoma without seeing action. For Tacoma, he made four starts and was 0-2, 4.09 ERA. He started the season on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. He was acquired in November from Atlanta along with RHP Max Povse for OF Alex Jackson and LHP Tyler Pike.
Pagan was called up Monday and pitched four shutout innings in relief Tuesday in the Nationals’ 10-1 blowout, giving up one hit and striking out four.
The Mariners sent RHP Sam Gavilglio (0-1, 1.29) to the mound against RHP Tanner Roark (3-2, 4.73) at 4:05 p.m. Wednesday.