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Mariners designate Aaron Harang for assignment

Aug 26, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

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The Mariners now have an opening for Taijuan Walker in their rotation if they want to take it.

Aaron Harang, who have up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Angels, was designated for assignment Monday. It was the fourth time in his last eight starts that he had given up seven runs, and he fell to 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA for the year.

Harang’s stint in Seattle was quite the roller coaster ride. He’s one of just seven pitchers with multiple shutout this year, having blanked the Padres on May 27 and the Astros on June 11. ┬áHe also had five starts in which he allowed just one run, three of them coming since the All-Star break.

Overall, Harang had a solid 87/26 K/BB ratio in 120 1/3 innings, but he had given up 21 homers even with Safeco Field helping him along. What hasn’t helped in a Seattle defense that rates among the worst in the league.

Of course, now that it’s too late for Harang, the Mariners are getting their best defensive outfielder back today in Franklin Gutierrez. He was activated from the DL to replace Harang on the roster. Brandon Maurer and Hector Noesi are a couple of possibilities to take his rotation spot. The Mariners could also give Walker, their No. 1 prospect, a look next month. The 21-year-old is 5-3 with a 3.61 ERA and a 64/27 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 IP since moving up to Triple-A Tacoma.

  1. modellforprez - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Oh look more scrap for Neal huntington to drool over

  2. fearthehoody - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Good riddance! Cant wait for next season when the M’s lockup Jake Westbrook for 3 years 35 mill

  3. raysfan1 - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Rough week for ex-Reds pitchers. 1st Volquez, now Harang.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    This is stupid, and I assume it’s because they were briefly teammates, but every time I see an article about Aaron Harang my immediate thought is “Wait, didn’t he fly a plane into a building?”

  5. denny65 - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Guti’s is re-joining the Mariners just in time to get on the DL for the winter season.

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