Mariners Moves: RP Giles, IF Padlo added; RPs Romo, Elías DFA

Jun 20, 2022, 11:39 AM
Mariners Ken Giles...
Ken Giles pitches for Toronto against the Mariners at T-Mobile Park on Aug. 25, 2019. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The Mariners’ roster will look a little different when they return to play after Monday’s day off.

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Seattle reinstated veteran relief pitcher Ken Giles from the 60-day injured list and recalled infielder Kevin Padlo from Triple-A on Monday morning. To make room for them on the active roster, the Mariners designated relief pitchers Sergio Romo and Roenis Elías for assignment.

At least one move was necessary in the bullpen for the M’s on Monday due to an MLB deadline for teams to get down to 13 pitchers on their rosters. The Mariners had 14 prior to the transactions.

Giles, 31, has been with the Mariners since Feburary 2021 but has yet to throw a pitch in the majors for the team. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020 while a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the M’s signed him to a two-year deal last year with the intention of him being a significant piece of their 2022 bullpen. Giles hit a snag in spring training this year, however, with a tendon injury to a finger on his throwing hand.

A hard-throwing former member of the Phillies, Astros and Blue Jays known as “100 Miles Giles,” he is currently tied for 15th among active pitchers in career saves with 115. He has been on a rehab assignment since May 29, starting with Single-A Everett for four appearances, then Triple-A Tacoma for five outings.

Padlo, 25, is back for his second stint with the Mariners. He was recently claimed off waivers from the Giants by Seattle and has appeared in 14 MLB games in his career, including one with the Mariners last season. In 42 Triple-A games this year, he has a .240/.329/.487 slash line for an .816 OPS with 10 homers, five doubles, a triple and seven stolen bases in eight attempts. Primarily a third basemen, he has also played first base, second base and left field in his professional career.

The 39-year-old Romo has appeared in 17 games for Seattle this year, posting an 8.16 ERA and 1.535 WHIP. The one-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants is actually ahead of Giles on the active saves leaderboard at No. 11 with 137.

Elías, a 33-year-old lefty, was on his third tour of duty with the Mariners before Monday’s moves. In seven appearances this season, he owns a 3.52 ERA and 1.304 WHIP.

The Mariners resume play Tuesday when they begin a series at 6:40 p.m. against the Oakland Athletics. Coverage of the game, which will be Seattle’s first on the road in the Pacific time zone this season, will be carried on Seattle Sports beginning with the pregame show at 5:30.

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