Snell back in starting rotation

Snell back in starting rotation

SEATTLE -- The two weeks right-hander Ian Snell spent in the Mariners' bullpen were quiet and business-like.

But the starting rotation is where Snell wants to be and he's back on the every-fifth-day routine, replacing struggling left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith.

Snell, sent to the bullpen on April 28 to make room in the rotation for left-hander Cliff Lee, made three relief appearances, surrendering five earned runs in nine innings.

He never complained about being taken out of the starting rotation and went about his relief work whenever called upon.

"I was ready when they called, threw the ball well and now I'm back in the rotation," he said on Thursday. "I am just going to keep the same mindset and do what they ask me to do."

Snell is preparing himself for his next start, which comes Saturday night against the Padres at Safeco Field.