In his final spring tuneup, Erasmo Ramirez scattered three hits, allowed only one run and struck out six in five innings of work as the Mariners lost to Texas 5-3 Wednesday.
Ramirez has been impressing all spring and Wednesday was no exception. His only blemish, an Adam Rosales single in the 6th that scored on a single that reliever Charlie Furbush gave up to Joe Jackson.
After the game, Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon made the inevitable, official.
“He’s done for the spring,” McClendon stated. “He’ll be my number two starter.”
James Paxton will have a final tuneup Thursday in a minor league game as the major team has one last day off before the season starts. Paxton appears to be in line for the number three spot in the rotation.
Roenis Elias will get the start in Friday’s Cactus League game, seemingly preparing to take the fourth spot in the rotation.
“There are still some things in the works,” manager Lloyd McClendon said this morning. “We’re starting to get clarity to the whole picture. Hopefully, by the end of the day, we’ll have more to tell you.”
Nothing transpired by day’s end, but stay tuned because things can happen quickly.