7/18/2014 8:10 P.M. ET
Romero returns after Triple-A refresher
By Earl Bloom / Special to MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Oufielder Stefen Romero rejoined the Mariners in Anaheim on Friday after a successful, 11-game refresher stint at Triple-A Tacoma.
Romero's return gives manager Lloyd McClendon a right-handed bat in an outfield that otherwise is all lefty swingers. It's not an ideal role for a 25-year-old the Mariners would rather have playing every day, but the team has been unable to land a righty-swinging veteran, and Romero said he's happy to fill the role -- again.
"It was very beneficial," he said of his Tacoma stint, during which he hit .283, after batting .196 in 51 games with the Mariners to open his first Major League season. "I hadn't seen right-handed pitching [on an extended basis] since spring training. I felt a sense of comfort after facing right-handers again [in Triple-A].
"Platooning is a tough role, especially for your rookie season, because you're not used to it. But any way I can be up here and help the club, I want to do it."
McClendon said: "I thought if he would go down and get some consistent at-bats, he would be a better player up here for us."
Romero figures to start Sunday against Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs.
Starter for Tuesday's game vs. Mets still a mystery
ANAHEIM -- The Mariners don't list a starter for Tuesday's home game against the Mets, and manager Lloyd McClendon joked that he might not know who it is until Tuesday.
"We haven't figured that out yet," he said. "Who knows? It might be a bullpen day."
Right-hander Taijuan Walker started Friday for Triple-A Tacoma, so it likely won't be him. Rehabbing left-hander James Paxton is at least one more rehab start away -- and, likely two, if the Mariners want him stretched to 90 pitches.
"I'm sure we'll probably have an answer by Sunday," McClendon said.
Mariners being cautious with Paxton's rehab
ANAHEIM -- Manager Lloyd McClendon said Friday the Mariners were more than happy with left-hander James Paxton's second rehab start Thursday. Paxton, coming back from a left latissimus dorsi mucle strain, threw 2 2/3 innings for Short Season Everett against Salem-Keizer, striking out two. He allowed two runs on two hits and a walk.
"Jack [general manager Jack Zduriencik] was there, and I think he was very pleased," McClendon said. "He [Paxton] is going to fly in here today, and have a bullpen session tomorrow. We're going to be very cautious with him -- we're not going to rush him back, by any means."
Paxton's next rehab start is scheduled Tuesday for Triple-A Tacoma.
McClendon said he's "75 percent sure he will make one more [rehab] start" after that
Paxton made a rehab start for Tacoma on May 24, but developed soreness after three innings. He was 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA in four September starts for the Mariners in 2013.
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.