Recalled to boost 'pen, Luetge savors chance

Recalled to boost 'pen, Luetge savors chance

SEATTLE -- Reliever Lucas Luetge was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday to give the Mariners an extra arm in the bullpen for reliever Tom Wilhelmsen's spot start. In a corresponding move, right-hander Stephen Pryor was optioned to Tacoma after giving up a run in 1 2/3 innings of work Wednesday in Seattle's 8-1 loss to the Twins.

Luetge, 27, is in his third stint with the Mariners this season and his first since early May. In 26 games with the Rainiers, he is 3-1 with a 3.40 ERA and two saves.

"Everything's been going good," he said. "I've been throwing the ball well and just doing what I can to be ready when I get the call like this."

The Mariners now have a nine-man bullpen and four starters. With right-hander Taijaun Walker, who was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma earlier this week, likely to rejoin the rotation after the All-Star break, Luetge's stay in the Major Leagues will probably be brief.

Said Luetge: "I try to have more fun because I realize how quick you can be gone, so it helps me take advantage of the food and the atmosphere a little bit more."

Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.