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Mariners demote Erasmo Ramirez to Single-A

Apr 24, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

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In addition to sending Nick Franklin back to the minors following a six-day call-up the Mariners have also dropped right-hander Erasmo Ramirez from their starting rotation and demoted him all the way down to Single-A.

Officially the reason being given for sending Ramirez to Single-A instead of Triple-A is that he can remain on his current pitching schedule and, according to Greg Johns of, “rejoin the rotation after the Mariners have two off days in next five days.”

Brandon Maurer will take Ramirez’s spot in the rotation Sunday and then the Mariners are hoping to activate Hisashi Iwakuma from the disabled list next week, so it seems far from a given that Ramirez will be back immediately.

Ramirez debuted at age 22 and posted a 4.25 ERA and 105/38 K/BB ratio in 131 innings between 2012 and 2013, but this season he allowed 18 runs and a league-high six homers in 24 innings. He actually threw a Quality Start last time out, including eight strikeouts versus the Astros, but afterward manager Lloyd McClendon was curiously critical of the performance anyway.

  1. mazblast - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    This happens a lot, usually around the All-Star break or at the end of the regular season. It’s usually no big deal. Keep the pitcher on his precious schedule.

    It could also be part of a project to rebuild Ramirez’ delivery and confidence. The Blue Jays did this years ago with a scuffling young pitcher named Halladay, and it seemed to work out well.

    Or it could be that the Mariners are clueless.

    • jdillydawg - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Option 3. Undoubtedly.

    • dmoas - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      This is the same team that bid against themselves when they found out another team raised the price on a player (only for that team to have been themselves).

  2. tuberippin - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Ramirez is thoroughly frustrating as a starter. Great changeup, but he’s as inconsistent as they come. He has the potential to be a good #3 or great #4 in that rotation if he can get himself straightened out.

  3. jdillydawg - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Total bummer. I like Ramirez, stand up guy. Was totally cool to my kid at spring training. I hope he gets back.

    That said, I already hate McClendon. I hate the ownership. I hate the dysfunction. They make the Cubs look like the Yankees.

  4. dwrek5 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Woulda been kind of cool if it was single A Clinton. Clinton folks woulda ate that up!

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