Mariners turn to Jesus … Delgado as they seek pitching depth

The Mariners’ quest to increase their depth throughout the organization has landed on right-handed pitcher Jesus Delgado, who they claimed today from the Florida Marlins.

Delgado, 24, pitched two games in the big leagues last year. He’s 20-23 with a 4.45 earned run average in 172 minor league games. He’s a 6-foot, 170 pounder who the Red Sox signed as an undrafted free agent in 2001. They traded him to the Marlins in the Josh Beckett deal in 2005.

“Jesus is a young player who has already reached the big leagues,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “We think he adds depth to the relief pitching group in our organization.”

Delgado didn’t pitch in 2002 and 2003 because of Tommy John surgery.

To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Mariners moved pitcher Ryan Feierabend to the 60-day disabled list. Feierabend had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow March 4 and will miss all of the 2009 season.

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