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Mariners release Tony Zych, send 3 to minor league camp

Tony Zych was slowed by three trips to the DL during his time with the Mariners. (AP)

PEORIA, Ariz. – The roster moves announced by the Mariners on Saturday included a surprise.

Relief pitcher Tony Zych, who had yet to make an appearance in a Cactus League game this spring, has been placed on waivers for purpose of his unconditional release.

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Zych, who missed 37 games late last season with a flexor bundle strain, had been slowed in camp by an unspecified shoulder issue. He threw a couple of bullpen sessions early in camp but was shut down shortly after. In three seasons with the Mariners he posted a 2.72 ERA, making appearances in 70 games. He missed 146 games with three trips to the disabled list in that time.

Also on the move are Andrew Moore and Nick Rumbelow, who have been optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, and Johendi Jiminian, who has been re-assigned to minor league camp. Moore will continue to stretch out as a starter in minor league camp, something that would be tough to do otherwise as those projected to make the Mariners’ rotation increased their innings. Rumbelow will continue to work his way back from a neck problem that has sidelined him since late February.

“He’s still rehabbing the neck issue,” said manager Scott Servais. “Disappointed for Nick. When we acquired him, I was really excited about what he could do in our bullpen. Coming into this camp I thought he had a real realistic shot to make our team out of camp, but the injury took him off course. We need to get him healthy and I definitely think he will help us at some point.”

The moves leave the Mariners with 52 players in major league camp and 39 players on the 40-man roster.

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