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08/01/2009 5:29 PM ET
Left-handed pitcher Luke French joins Mariners in Texas
Left-hander acquired from Detroit Friday reports to club; will join rotation
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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that left-handed pitcher Luke French has reported to the club. To make room on the Mariners Major League, 25-man roster, first baseman Chris Shelton has been designated for assignment.

French will wear #25 for the Mariners.

French, 23, split the 2009 season between AAA Toledo and Detroit. With the Tigers, he is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 7 games, 5 starts. In 29.1 big league innings, he's allowed 11 earned runs, walked 11 and struck out 19. He started against Seattle on July 23, allowing 2 earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. In 13 starts with Toledo, French posted a 4-4 record with an impressive 2.98 ERA (27 ER, 81.2 IP). He walked only 20 while striking out 72 in 81.2 innings pitched with the Mud Hens.

French, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound left-hander was selected by the Tigers in the 8th round of the 2004 June draft. He led the Eastern League in innings pitched in 2008, and was a Florida State League All-Star in 2007. He graduated from Heritage High School in Colorado.

Shelton, 29, appeared in 9 games since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on July 9 and was hitting .231 (6x26) with a run, 2 doubles and 4 RBI. In Tacoma he was hitting .319 (96-for-301) with 23 doubles, 1 triple, 12 home runs and 64 RBI in 76 games this season. Shelton has spent parts of four seasons in the Majors with Detroit (2004-2006), Texas (2008) and the Mariners.

Seattle now has 10 days to trade, release or outright Shelton to the minors.

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