Wells unfazed by demotion

Wells unfazed by demotion

KANSAS CITY -- Jared Wells called his Major League experience "short-lived" when he came up for six days earlier this season with San Diego.

It's uncertain what he can call this latest development.

Wells, a reliever, got optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday a day after getting called up to the Mariners. He was sent down to make room for Felix Hernandez, who came off the disabled list and started Friday's game.

About an hour before the Mariners finalized the roster move, Wells said he wasn't even thinking about the possibility of getting sent down immediately.

"I just ride the wave as long as possible, man," Wells said."

The choice for the Mariners came down to Wells and infielder Tug Hulett. Hulett was also called up to the team on Thursday. He and Wells took the vacated spots left by Richie Sexson and Erik Bedard.

Although the obvious move would have been sending down a pitcher, Wells, to make room for another pitcher, Hernandez, manager Jim Riggleman said he and interim general manager Lee Pelekoudas had to think about the decision for a while, because having an extra reliever could help on Friday, since Hernandez is expected to be on a tight pitch count.

"We're kind of hoping not to overextend the bullpen," Riggleman said.

Hernandez made his start on Friday, and another big-name pitcher for Seattle could be back soon. Closer J.J. Putz is scheduled to pitch at extended spring training on Sunday and Tuesday and then for Tacoma next Friday. Riggleman said they would decide whether to bring him back up to the Majors after that or give him some more time at Triple-A.

Putz has been on the DL since mid-June with a hyper-extended right elbow.

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