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08/16/2006 8:38 PM ET
Mariners select the contract of LHP Eric O'Flaherty from Triple-A Tacoma
Infielder Greg Dobbs optioned to Rainiers
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OAKLAND -- Seattle Mariners executive vice president and general manager of baseball operations Bill Bavasi on Wednesday announced that the club has selected left-handed pitcher Eric O'Flaherty from Triple-A Tacoma. Infielder Greg Dobbs has been optioned to Tacoma to make room on the 25-man roster.

Seattle now has 40 players on its Major League, 40-man roster.

O'Flaherty, 21, spent time with three of Seattle's Minor League affiliates in 2006. He began the year with Class A Inland Empire in the California League, where he was 0-1 with one save and a 3.45 ERA in 16 relief appearances. He walked just six batters while striking out 33. O'Flaherty was promoted to Double-A San Antonio on May 27. With the Missions, he posted a 2-2 mark with seven saves and a 1.14 ERA in 25 games. He moved to Tacoma on Aug. 9, and he was 1-0 and didn't allow an earned run in two games with the Rainiers. His combined line this season: 3-3, 2.01 ERA with eight saves in 43 games. He's allowed 79 hits while walking 22 and striking out 73.

O'Flaherty was the Mariners sixth-round selection in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft out of Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Washington. He pitched with the Arizona League Mariners and the Everett Aquasox in 2003 and spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Midwest League.

Dobbs, 28, was selected from Tacoma on July 14. In 13 games with the Mariners this season, he hit .294 (5-for-17) with a triple and two RBIs. Dobbs, who also played with Seattle in 2004 and 2005, was hitting .299 (93-for-311) with 53 runs, 15 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 46 RBIs in 81 games in Tacoma prior to being selected.

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