The Mariners made a couple of roster moves today and both involved the bullpen.
Dependable right-hander Sean White was put on the 60-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis (he’s out for the season) and right-hander Carlos Silva, a starter by definition, was activated from the 60-day DL. He will spend the remainder of the season pitching out of the bullpen.
The game plan is to give Silva a chance to jump-start what could be an important Winter League campaign for him in his native Venezuela.
The 30-year-old made three combined rehab appearances at Short-A Everett and Triple-A Tacoma, allowing two earned runs in four innings. He was originally placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 9 with right shoulder inflammation after being forced from his start on April 25 against the Angels after five innings. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 18.
He has two years remaining on the four-year contract he signed as a free-agent prior to the 2008 season.
White had a career-high 52 appearances this season and provided a nice bridge to right-handers Mark Lowe and David Aardsma. White compiled a nifty 2.80 ERA after starting the season at Tacoma.
— Jim Street