Mariners recall LHP J.A. Happ From High-A Bakersfield

1B/DH Jesus Montero optioned to AAA Tacoma

DETROIT, Mich. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced the following roster moves prior to tonight's game at the Detroit Tigers:

  • J.A. Happ, LHP, recalled from High-A Bakersfield
  • Jesus Montero, 1B/DH, optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game July 19)

Happ is tonight's scheduled starting pitcher for the Mariners 4:08 (PT) game at the Detroit Tigers.

Happ, 32, is 4-5 with a 4.14 ERA (44 ER, 95.2 IP) in 17 starts this season. He was optioned to Bakersfield over the All-Star Break, but did not pitch in a game. Happ recorded a no-decision in his last start July 8 vs. the Tigers, allowing 7 hits and 4 runs in 4.0+ innings pitched. He has a run support average of 3.57 this season (38 runs of support), 9th-lowest in the American League. Of his 17 starts, 9 have been one-run games.

Montero, 25, appeared in 5 games with Seattle after being recalled on July 9. He hit .300 (3x10) with 1 run and 1 RBI and walked 3 times while striking out only once. All of his plate appearance came against left-handed pitching.

With the AAA Tacoma Rainiers Montero was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star and was leading the league in hits (113), runs scored (57), total bases (180) and RBI (68) when he was recalled. In 84 games with Tacoma he hit .332 (113x340) with 12 doubles, 5 triples, 15 home runs, 68 RBI and a .899 OPS. Montero played 70 games at first base, recording a .992 fielding percentage (5 E, 612 TC). He also saw action in 14 games as the designated hitter. At the plate Montero recorded at least one hit in 66 of 84 games, including 35 multi-hit games. In his last 11 games with Tacoma (since 6/27) he batted .545 (24x44) with 11 runs scored, 2 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs and 12 RBI (1.571 OPS). Overall he hit .362 (42x116) with 9 home runs vs. LHP and .317 (71x224) with 6 home runs vs. RHP.