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Mariners RHP Max Povse clears waivers, optioned to Triple-A Tacoma

Max Povse appeared in three games with the Mariners in 2017. (AP)

Max Povse is still a member of the Seattle Mariners.

A somewhat surprising choice to be designated for assignment earlier this week when the Mariners made room on their roster for the addition of former Giants closer Hunter Strickland, the 25-year-old Povse has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, the team announced Friday, keeping the promising 6-foot-8 right-hander in Seattle’s system.

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Povse made his MLB debut with the Mariners in 2017, making three relief appearances, but he struggled in 2018 and didn’t break past the Triple-A level. He went 5-9 with a 5.46 ERA over 97 1/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last year, and he suffered a right shoulder strain that kept him on the disabled list from July 15 through the end of the season.

Seattle acquired Povse in November 2016 along with fellow right-hander Rob Whalen in a trade with Atlanta for prospects Alex Jackson and Tyler Pike. The Mariners had hoped to mold Povse into a multi-inning reliever similar to what Houston did with Chris Devenski during its 2017 World Series season, but moved him back to a starting role in 2018.

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