Pitcher On 3rd Tour Of Duty As A Seattle Mariner

The Seattle Mariners have shuffled the deck chairs in the bullpen, sending Drew Steckenrider to Triple-A, and recalling left-hander Roenis Elias. 

Elias has spent parts of 7 years in the majors, including as a starter for the Mariners back in 2014-2015. He's mostly been a reliever since then, including with the Boston Red Sox, and then a second stint with Seattle in 2018-2019. 

Before one inning earlier this season, he was last seen in the majors in 2019 with the Washington Nationals. He had Tommy John surgery in 2021 after returning to the Mariners' system.

The 33-year-old Elias is now on his 3rd tour of duty with the Mariners. Overall with Seattle, he's posted a 3.76 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. This season at Triple-A Tacoma, he's tossed 17.1 innings, with a 3.63 ERA. 

Steckenrider was one of the key cogs in the Mariners bullpen last season, with 14 saves. But has struggled this year, and even spent time on the restricted list when he was ineligible to pitch in Toronto due to his unvaccinated status. He has a 5.65 ERA, and an unsightly 1.81 WHIP, surrendering 21 hits in just 14.1 innings.

The M's also designated righty Riley O'Brien to make space on the 40-man roster for Elias. 

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