Mariners option RHP Drew Steckenrider to Triple-A Tacoma

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 08: Drew Steckenrider #16 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the ninth inning during the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Friday, April 8, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by D

The Seattle Mariners optioned right-handed reliever Drew Steckenrider to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.

Steckenrider, 31, has allowed four runs on eight hits with a home run allowed in his last 1 ⅔ innings pitched for Seattle over three appearances. 

Steckenrider's last outing came against the Oakland Athletics on May 24 when he gave up the lead on a home run to Elvis Andrus in an eventual 7-5 loss. Steckrider also took the loss in the prior outing against the Boston Red Sox on May 21 when Christian Vazquez singled home Franchy Cordero after a one-out triple in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Steckrider also missed the team's three-game series in Toronto May 17-19 while on the MLB restricted list. The list is being used for players that can't enter Canada due to the country's COVID-19 vaccination requirement. 

Steckenrider has appeared in 16 games out of the Mariners bullpen this season, going 0–2 with 2 saves and a 5.65 ERA (9 ER, 14.1 IP), while walking five and striking out 10.

The Mariners did not make a corresponding move to fill the roster with an off-day on Thursday. They open a three-game series with the Houston Astros on Friday.

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