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Maurer called back up, will pitch out of bullpen

Brandon Maurer was recalled from AAA Tacoma and Hector Noesi was optioned to the Rainiers.

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The Mariners have recalled pitcher Brandon Maurer from Class AAA Tacoma and optioned pitcher Hector Noesi to the Rainiers.

Maurer, 23, was available but didn’t pitch in Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Minnesota at Safeco Field.

He is beginning his second stint with the team this season. He made the opening-day roster, but went 2-7 in 10 starts with a 6.93 earned-run average.

The right-hander was optioned to Tacoma on May 29 and went 3-4 with a 5.21 ERA in 10 starts. He last started for the Rainiers Wednesday, earning the victory against Tucson and allowing two earned runs in 62 / 3 innings.

Interim manager Robby Thompson said Maurer will start out in the bullpen and probably serve as the team’s long-relief pitcher.

“He’s been throwing the ball real well (in Tacoma),” Thompson, “so we’ll get him a little bit of a different scenario out there.”

Noesi, 26, is 0-1 with a 5.64 ERA in nine games over three stints in the majors this season.

Quintero makes debut

New acquisition Humberto Quintero made his Mariners debut, going 0 for 2 before being pulled for a pinch-hitter. The catcher, who also had a passed ball and threw out a runner trying to steal, was signed as a free agent Friday after it was learned that catcher Mike Zunino fractured a bone in his left hand.

Quintero, 33, was pressed into the starting lineup when Henry Blanco caught all 13 innings Friday night.

The Mariners have used seven catchers this season, tying a franchise high for a season (1992, 2005). Thompson doesn’t think the turnover will affect the pitching staff.

“We’ve got veterans,” he said. “We’ve got veterans in the bullpen too, but our starting (pitchers) are veteran guys. It’s not exactly what you want ... but it’s the way it’s been this year and it’s something you handle, you deal with and move forward.”

Notes

• The Mariners will look to salvage a split of the series Sunday as Erasmo Ramirez takes the mound against Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson.

• The eight walks allowed by Seattle pitchers on Saturday were a season high for a nine-inning game.

• Saturday’s was the only Mariners game of the season not televised on ROOT or FOX. The start was moved to the afternoon to accommodate the Seafair Torchlight Parade downtown.

Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or jmayers@seattletimes.com

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