Mariners recall catcher Rene Rivera

Mariners recall catcher Rene Rivera

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Bill Bavasi announced today that the club has recalled catcher Rene Rivera from triple-A Tacoma and outfielder Matt Lawton has been reinstated from the restricted list. To make room on the roster, the team optioned right-handed pitcher Jeff Harris to Tacoma and designated catcher Guillermo Quiroz for assignment.

Rivera, 22, played in 16 games with the Mariners last season, batting .396 (19-for-48) with a home run and six RBI. He went 2-for-3 vs. Colorado Springs in his only game at Tacoma this year. Rivera hit .195 (8-for-41) with four RBI in 20 games at spring training with Seattle. In two partial Major League seasons, he is 19-for-51 (.373) with three doubles, a home run and six RBI over 18 games.

The 34-year-old Lawton, signed by Seattle as a free agent on Dec. 22, missed the first 10 days of the season. The two-time American League All-Star has a lifetime Major League batting average of .267 with 138 home runs and 630 RBI. He hit .367 (18-for-49) with eight RBI and a team-high eight doubles over 16 spring training games.

Harris, 31, appeared in three of the Mariners' first eight games, posting a 5.40 ERA (3.1IP, 2ER). He allowed two hits and two runs in 1.1 innings last night at Cleveland. Harris, a non-roster spring training invitee, made a Major League Opening Day roster for the first time this year. He made his debut in 2005, pitching in 11 games (8 starts) with Seattle. Harris was 2-5 with a 4.19 ERA (53.2 IP, 25 ER) last season.

Quiroz, 24, was 0-for-2 in his only start with the Mariners on Sunday vs. Oakland. He was claimed on waivers from Toronto on March 31 after batting .133 (4-for-30) in 17 spring training games for the Blue Jays.