Worth noting

• McClendon said he's not ready yet to announce Monday's starter against the Astros, which is listed as TBA for now since Erasmo Ramirez's demotion to Tacoma. All signs point to Taijuan Walker as being the likely callup, but McClendon isn't ready to commit to any decision since no roster move will be required until Monday.

Reliever Brandon Maurer was promoted in the interim to give the Mariners an extra bullpen arm. But while Maurer threw extremely well in a two-inning stint Wednesday, McClendon acknowledged it would be difficult to see the youngster replacing any of the current relievers based strictly on one outing.

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