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07/01/12 4:21 PM ET

Flexor strain lands Ramirez on disabled list

SEATTLE -- The Mariners placed right-hander Erasmo Ramirez on the disabled list with a mild flexor strain in his right elbow on Sunday. In a corresponding move, the club recalled reliever Josh Kinney from Triple-A Tacoma and designated catcher Adam Moore for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

"It's about our best-case scenario," manager Eric Wedge said. "It's not serious. We'll see how he feels here as we work towards our next road trip and where he's at, and try to put a plan together for him. All things considered, that's good news."

Ramirez exited Saturday's game against the Red Sox in the third inning after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow. The 22-year-old rookie called for catcher Miguel Olivo to visit the mound after throwing a first-pitch strike to Mike Aviles with two outs in the third. After a quick conversation, Olivo motioned to the dugout for trainer Rick Griffin.

"When I started throwing the first fastball to Aviles, I feel something, like my elbow get tired a little bit, a little sore right there," said Ramirez, who first felt discomfort a few pitches prior. "I wanted to continue, but I was at the same time afraid [of] trying to do more and just getting more injured."

Ramirez is 0-2 with a 3.82 ERA this season and was making his third start since making the transformation from a long reliever. The righty was coming off a 10-strikeout performance in his last outing.

Kinney was 1-0 with 2.70 ERA and three saves in 27 appearances for Triple-A Tacoma this season. The right-hander has played in parts of four seasons at the Major League level with the Cardinals and the White Sox. His presence will bolster the bullpen after all but one reliever worked 8 2/3 innings on Saturday.

"It's an exciting day for me and my wife. I couldn't be happier," Kinney said. "Obviously you guys know this isn't my first time in the big leagues, but that phone call never gets old. I'm truly grateful to get to experience that, that call every ball player wants to hear."

Moore was selected by the Mariners in the sixth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft and has spent parts of three seasons with the big league club. He has had his share of injury troubles, though, and made two stints on the disabled list this year.

Worth noting

• Michael Saunders was out of the Mariners' lineup for a third straight day on Sunday with flu-like symptoms. Manager Eric Wedge said the outfielder was feeling "worse than he did yesterday."

Josh Liebeskind is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.