Erasmo ready to fill any role with Mariners

Erasmo ready to fill any role with Mariners

SEATTLE -- Erasmo Ramirez has pitched out of the bullpen for the Mariners. He's also started games and spent almost a month with Triple-A Tacoma, even after being reinstated from the disabled list following an elbow injury. Now he's back with Seattle, and willing to do whatever the club asks of him.

The 22-year-old right-hander was recalled from Tacoma -- where he had been a starter -- on Saturday when rosters expanded and is currently pitching out of the bullpen. Manager Eric Wedge hasn't ruled out the possibility that Ramirez could return to a starter's role.

"I just got here yesterday and they said, 'You go to the bullpen,'" Ramirez said. "I'm not sure whether or not I'm going to stay a reliever right now for the month or start sometimes."

Ramirez is just happy to be back with the big league club, where he is 0-2 with a 3.82 ERA in 11 games. He started four games for the Mariners after he was sent to Tacoma to stretch out, including a tough-luck 1-0 loss to Oakland, when he threw eight innings and struck out a career-high 10.

"I'm just happy to come back. Whatever they decide to do, whatever job, I'll take it," Ramirez said. "No matter if you're a starter or reliever. ... Be sure to throw strikes. That's my plan, just continue working hard and be sure to throw strikes."