After struggling Tuesday night in a loss to the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer is being sent down to Triple-A to work on his command. The 22-year-old pitcher had gone 2-7 with a 6.93 ERA before being sent to Tacoma, Wash, according to The News Tribune.
This marks the latest in the major roster shuffles in recent weeks that have seen key youngsters sent down to the minors. Maurer, still just 22 years old, remains a key component of the M’s future, but Seattle could use an extra bat now while Maurer works out the kinks. Alex Liddl has been called up from Triple-A to replace Maurer on the roster, and is a crucial addition right now with Dustin Smoak and Michael Morse ailing with injuries.
The Mariners’ front office has stayed busy during the team’s 22-31 start, having also made a move over Memorial Day weekend to option second baseman Dustin Ackley down to Triple-A and promoting infielder Nick Franklin to the majors. Ackley, the team’s No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, is another key 22-year-old piece of this organization’s future who will probably benefit from a minors stint.
“Whether he lost his stroke and lost his confidence, it’s hard to say,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said, via MLB.com. “But I think it was very evident to us that what this guy needed was to be taken out from under the big league lights. … Take a step backwards, go down and try to get your swing back, try to regain your confidence and let the pieces fall where they may.”