By Bob Dutton The News Tribune
PEORIA, Ariz. — The Mariners trimmed their big-league camp roster by 11 players Tuesday morning before departing for their game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz.
Five players were optioned to Triple-A Tacoma: left-handed pitcher Bobby LaFromboise, right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom, catcher Jesus Sucre, first baseman Ji-Man Choi and infielder Carlos Triunfel.
Six players were reassigned to minor-league camp: right-handers Logan Lensing and Matt Palmer, lefty Nick Hill, catcher Mike Dowd and infielders Ty Kelly and Nate Tenbrink.
“The numbers are such that we need to start moving guys out,” manager Lloyd McClendon said, “but their performances will not be forgotten. At some point, they’ll be back. It is what it is.”
The distinction: Players on the club’s 40-man roster are sent to the minors on an optional assignment; all others can simply be reassigned. The moves reduced the camp roster to 44 players, including 12 non-roster invites. They also came the morning after the Mariners played the second of two day/night doubleheaders in a three-day span.
Here are those remaining in camp (an asterisk signifies a non-roster player):
Right-handed pitchers (17): Scott Baker*, Blake Beavan, Danny Farquhar, Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Dominic Leone*, Brandon Maurer, Yoervis Medina, Zach Miner*, Hector Noesi, Stephen Pryor, Erasmo Ramirez, Ramon Ramirez*, Fernando Rodney, Carson Smith*, Taijuan Walker and Tom Wilhelmsen.
Left-handed pitchers (six): Joe Beimel*, Roenis Elias*, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, James Paxton and Randy Wolf*.
Catchers (three): John Buck, Humberto Quintero* and Mike Zunino.
Infielders (nine): Willie Bloomquist, Robinson Cano, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, Jesus Montero, Logan Morrison, Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak and Chris Taylor*.
Outfielders (nine): Dustin Ackley, Abraham Almonte, Xavier Avery, Endy Chavez*, Cole Gillespie*, Corey Hart, James Jones, Stefen Romero and Michael Saunders.