Mariners recall INF Mike Freeman and RHP Evan Marshall from AAA Tacoma

LHP James Paxton placed on 10-day disabled list; OF Boog Powell optioned to AAA Tacoma

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

  • Mike Freeman, INF, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
  • Evan Marshall, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
  • James Paxton, LHP, placed on the 10-day disabled list (retro to 5/3) with left forearm strain.
  • Boog Powell, OF, optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game 5/4).

Freeman (#6) and Marshall (#41) will be in uniform and available for tonight's (7:10 p.m. PT) game vs. the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field. 

Freeman, 29 (turns 30 on Aug. 4), was hitting .404 (19x47) with 10 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 9 RBI in 12 games with AAA Tacoma. In his first stint with Seattle this season (April 11-23), he hit .111 (2x18) with 3 runs, 1 home run and 1 RBI in 8 games with the Mariners after being selected from AAA Tacoma on April 11. He was removed from the 40-man roster during spring training when the club acquired Chase De Jong (rhp) from Los Angeles-NL on March 1. In 13 games with Seattle last season, he hit .385 (5x13) with 1 run, 1 double and 1 RBI after being acquired off waivers from Arizona on Aug. 1, 2016.
In eight minor league seasons, he has hit .292 (804x2752) with 451 runs, 135 doubles, 30 triples, 19 home runs, 279 RBI and 132 stolen bases in 754 career games in the Arizona (2010-16) and Seattle (2016-17) organizations. He was selected by Arizona in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Clemson University.
Marshall, 27, was 0-0 with 1 save and a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 4.1 IP) with 6 strikeouts in four relief appearances with AAA Tacoma. In his first stint with Seattle (April 12-25), he was 0-0 with a 9.39 (8 ER, 7.2 IP) in 5 relief appearances with Seattle. He allowed just 1 ER in his first 4 games with the Mariners (5.2 IP) before allowing seven runs in 2.0 innings in his last outing. Marshall was recalled from AAA Tacoma on April 12. The D-backs designated him for assignment on March 28 after he posted a 3.38 ERA (2 ER, 5.1 IP) in 6 Cactus League games with Arizona.
In 15 appearances with Arizona last season, he posted an 8.80 ERA (15 ER, 15.1 IP) with 9 strikeouts in 15 relief appearances. With AAA Reno, he was 1-1 with a 4.59 ERA (17 ER, 33.1 IP) with 28 strikeouts in 33 relief appearances. He was on the minor league disabled list Aug. 24-31 with a right lumbar spine strain. In parts of three Major League seasons, he is 4-7 with a 4.94 ERA (47 ER, 85.2 IP) with 74 strikeouts in 90 relief appearances. In six minor league seasons, he is 13-14 with a 3.69 ERA (92 ER, 224.1 IP) with 195 strikeouts in 205 games. He was selected by Arizona in the 4th round of the 2011 MLB First-year Player Draft out of Kansas State University.
Paxton, 28, was 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA (6 ER, 37.2 IP) with 45 strikeouts in 6 starts with Seattle this season. He has allowed one earned run or less in five of his six starts, while limiting opponents to a .190 (26x137) average. He ranks 5th in the American League in ERA, 3rd in strikeouts (45) and 8th in opponents batting average (.190). He opened the season with 23.0 consecutive scoreless innings (through 2nd inning on April 20), the longest to start the season in Mariners history, besting the previous mark to start the season by Mark Lowe (17.2 innings) in 2006. The streak ranks T11th-longest overall streak in club history (also: Freddy Garcia, 9/4-18/01 and Mike Moore, 6/24-7/4/88).
In parts of five Major League seasons, he is 21-15 with a 3.20 ERA (115 ER, 323.2 IP) with 298 strikeouts in 56 starts with Seattle. In five minor league seasons, he is 27-24 with a 3.60 ERA (167 ER, 417.1 IP) with 445 strikeouts in 84 games including 82 starts. He was selected by Seattle in the 4th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Powell, 24, appeared in three games with Seattle during his first stint in the Majors, going hitless in four at-bats. Before his recall, he hit .261 (12x46) with 13 runs, 3 doubles, 4 RBI, 5 stolen bases, 13 walks and a .424 on-base percentage in 14 games with AAA Tacoma this season. He hit safely in 5-of-his-last-6 games with the Rainiers, including a 4-hit effort on Monday (4/24) at Albuquerque. During that span (4/20-27), he batted .400 (8x20) with 8 runs, 3 doubles, 3 RBI, 7 RBI and 1 steal in 6 games. At the time of his recall, among Pacific Coast League leaders, he ranked T4th in walks (13), T8th in steals (5) and 14th in on-base percentage (.424). He was reinstated from the restricted list on April 12.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound outfielder appeared in 64 games with Tacoma last season, batting .270 (67x248) with 39 runs, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 27 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Powell was originally acquired by the Mariners along with RHP Nathan Karns and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser from Tampa Bay for RHP Danny Farquhar, INF Brad Miller and INF Logan Morrison on Nov. 5, 2015. In parts of 6 minor leagues seasons in the Athletics (2012-14), Rays (2015) and Mariners organizations (2016-c), he is a career .299 (412x1376) hitter with 222 runs, 46 doubles, 19 triples, 9 home runs, 126 RBI, 68 steals and a .389 on-base percentage in 372 career games. The native of Irvine, Calif., was originally selected by Oakland in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Orange Coast College.