ARLINGTON -- Right-handed reliever Steve Delabar was optioned by the Mariners to Triple-A Tacoma following Wednesday's 21-8 victory over the Rangers, opening a roster spot that won't be filled until before their next game Friday in Chicago.
The expectation is that right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor will be recalled from Tacoma, but the Mariners didn't make any official announcement on Wednesday. Pryor has yet to allow a run in 12 innings over nine appearances for the Rainiers, with two saves.
Pryor, 22, has only allowed five hits with seven walks and 15 strikeouts in his 12 innings since being promoted to Tacoma. He was 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in Double-A Jackson with seven saves, allowing just two earned runs in 16 innings.
He was a fifth-round Draft pick in 2010 and split last season between Class A High Desert and Jackson.
Delabar, 28, is 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA in a team-high 25 relief appearances for the Mariners. Opponents have hit just .200 against the hard-throwing reliever, but seven of his 18 hits allowed have been home runs.
Delabar made his Major League debut with the Mariners last season after beginning the year as a substitute teacher and high school coach in Kentucky, rising quickly through the system with a strong campaign that ended with his September callup.
He then made this year's team out of Spring Training and has thrown 24 1/3 innings with 18 hits, seven walks and 31 strikeouts. His 25 appearances is tied for the third-most among American League relievers.