Rowland-Smith rides the Tacoma shuttle

Ryan Rowland-Smith’s rehab program has ended, but he’s not returning to the Mariners pitching staff.

He was activated from the 15-day disabled list today, recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned back to the Rainiers and will start tonight’s game at Cheney Stadium. Exactly when he’ll climb aboard the Tacama-Seattle shuttle again is uncertain. 

Rowland-Smith was originally placed on the 15-day disabled list April 15, retroactive to April 11, with triceps tendonitis.

He began rehabilitation assignment prior to his start in Tacoma on May 23 and made five starts with the Rainiers, posting a 1-3 record with a 6.92 ERA.

Of the 20 earned runs he surrendered, 12 of them came in one game — against the Reno Aces on June 5.

Also, as we speak, right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley is throwing a simulated game. Mike Carp is among the hitters taking their cuts.

It just finished, Kelley walked off the mound and shooks hands with pitching coach Rick Adair,a good sign.

Kelley’s next stop could be Tacoma for a rehab assignment. He has been out of action for more than five weeks with a straight left oblique.

The Maniners starting lineup has been posted and it is a lot different than the one used in the series finale against the Padres.

Here it is:

1. Ichiro, RF

2. Russell Branyan, 1B

3. Adrian Beltre, 3B

4. Ken Griffey Jr.

5. Franklin Gutierrez, CF

6. Wladimir Balentien, LF

7. Rob Johnson, C

8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

9. Ronny Cedeno, 2B

— Jim Street

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