Jones returns to Mariners; Ramirez optioned

Jones returns to Mariners; Ramirez optioned

SEATTLE -- The Mariners optioned pitcher Erasmo Ramirez to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday and recalled outfielder James Jones.

Ramirez, 24, allowed 10 runs and lasted just three innings Wednesday against the Rangers after being recalled for a spot start, as the Mariners fell, 12-4. In six stints with Seattle this season, Ramirez went 1-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 14 starts.

Jones is being recalled to the big leagues for the fourth time in 2014. In 83 games with the Mariners, he is hitting .256 with eight doubles, four triples and 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts. In 37 games with Tacoma, he hit .282 with six doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs.

"He'll be in a supporting role. There's an opportunity for him to get the job done," said Mariners interim manager Trent Jewett. "You know him. Great energy. Great student. He'll be a nice addition to the ball club."

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