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Mariners add reliever Loe to big league roster

Mariners add reliever Loe to big league roster

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Veteran right-handed reliever Kameron Loe, one of several non-roster invitees competing for jobs with the Mariners, was added to the club's Major League roster on Monday and appears to have made the team.

Loe, 31, signed a Minor League deal with the Mariners just before camp opened and had an opt-out clause that would have allowed him to leave if he wasn't added to the 40-man roster by Monday.

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Loe has been strong all spring, posting a 1-0 record with one save and a 1.80 ERA while walking two and striking out 15 in 10 innings.

Right-handed reliever Josh Kinney was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster. Kinney has been sidelined the past two weeks with a stress reaction in his ribs.

Loe has been a durable setup reliever for the Brewers the past two years. He went 6-5 with two saves and a 4.61 ERA in 70 relief appearances last season, and had a 3.50 ERA in 72 games in 2011.

The 6-foot-8 Loe pitched for the Rangers from 2004-08 before joining the Brewers in 2010 after a year in Japan. In his Major League career, he's posted a 32-40 record with a 4.36 ERA in 302 appearances, including 47 starts while with the Rangers.

His 142 appearances in the past two years tied for the 11th most among National League relievers.

Kinney has not appeared in a spring game since March 6 after continued discomfort in his upper left back was diagnosed as a stress reaction. The 34-year-old continues to receive treatment, but has not thrown since being sidelined.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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