Mariners activate RHP Steve Cishek from 10-day DL

LHP Zac Curtis optioned to AA Arkansas

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

· Steve Cishek, RHP, returned from rehab assignment with AAA Tacoma and activated from the 10-day disabled list.

· Zac Curtis, LHP, optioned to AA Arkansas.

Cishek, 30 (turns 31 on June 18), went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (2 ER, 6.0 IP) with 7 strikeouts and 4 walks in 7 combined rehab appearances, including 2 starts, with AA Arkansas and AAA Tacoma. He began his rehab assignment with 1.0 scoreless inning on April 17 with the Travelers. In 4 games (1 start) with Arkansas, he posted a 5.40 ERA (2 ER, 3.1 IP) with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk. Cishek made 3 appearances (1 start) with Tacoma, where he went 1-0 while allowing 2 hits in 2.2 scoreless innings pitched. He struck out 3 and walked 3 with the Rainiers. In his last outing, May 13 vs. Round Rock, he struck out 1 and allowed 1 hit in 1.0 scoreless inning of work.

He was originally placed on the 10-day disabled list on March 31 as he was recovering from surgery to repair a left hip labrum tear. Cishek underwent surgery, performed by Dr. Thomas Bird in Nashville, TN, on October 12, 2016. The 6-foot-6, 217-pound right-hander went 4-6 with 25 saves and a 2.81 ERA (20 ER, 64.0 IP) with 76 strikeouts and 21 walks in 62 games with the Mariners last season. Among Mariners relievers in 2016, Cishek led the club in appearances (62), innings pitched (64.0) and opponents' batting average (.190/44x232) while ranking 2nd in strikeouts (76). His .190 opponents average against ranked 10th-best among American League relievers last season. He was on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip labrum tear, Aug. 4 (retroactive to Aug. 2) - Aug. 19, 2016, including 2 rehab starts with short-A Everett.

Cishek was signed by the Mariners as a free agent on Dec. 14, 2015. In parts of 7 Major League seasons with Marlins (2010-15), Cardinals (2015) and Mariners (2016-c), he is 21-26 with 120 saves and a 2.82 ERA (118 ER, 377.0 IP) with 408 strikeouts and 140 walks in 373 career relief appearances. The native of Falmouth, Mass., was originally selected by the Marlins in the 5thround of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Carson-Newman College (TN).

Curtis, 24, made 2 relief appearances with the Mariners after being recalled from AA Arkansas on May 11, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings while striking out 1. The 5-foot-9, 192-pound left-hander retired the only 2 batters he faced in his last outing, May 12 at Toronto. Prior to his recall, he was 0-1 with 3 saves and a 3.21 ERA (5 ER, 14.0 IP) with 13 strikeouts and 4 walks in 10 relief appearances with Arkansas this season.

The native of Panama City Beach, FL, was originally selected by the Diamondbacks in the 6th round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Middle Tennessee State University. He made his Major League debut with the Diamondbacks last season on April 30 vs. Colorado and went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA (10 ER, 13.1 IP) with 10 strikeouts and 13 walks in 21 games with Arizona. Curtis was acquired from Arizona along with INF Jean Segura and OF Mitch Haniger in exchange for RHP Taijuan Walker and INF Ketel Marte on Nov. 23, 2016. In parts of 4 minor league seasons with Arizona (2014-16) and Seattle (2017), he has compiled a career record of 7-7 with 56 saves and a 2.09 ERA (29 ER, 125.0 IP) in 114 games.