Reliever Smith gets first call to big leagues

Reliever Smith gets first call to big leagues

OAKLAND -- While six of the seven players called up by the Mariners on Monday were familiar with the Major League routine, right-handed reliever Carson Smith could be excused for asking directions and where he was headed every time he turned around in the visiting clubhouse at Coliseum.

Smith, 24, made his Major League debut when he got Josh Donaldson to ground out for the final out in the eighth inning of Monday's 6-1 loss to the A's after being called up earlier in the day to help fill out an already-stocked bullpen for the final month of the season.

"It's exciting. It's something I've dreamed about my whole life," Smith said. "For it to come true, I don't know if words can express. It's good to be here."

The 6-foot-6 Dallas native was Seattle's eighth-round Draft pick in 2011 out of Texas State University. He's worked as a closer at Class A Advanced High Desert in 2012 and Double-A Jackson in 2013 and then this year for Triple-A Tacoma, where he saved 10 games and put up a 2.90 ERA in 39 appearances with 45 strikeouts and 13 walks.

"He's a big, powerful arm, a lot like the rest of the guys in that bullpen," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We can use him early [in games], probably against right-handers. I don't think righties will have much fun against him. That's why he's here."

Greg Johns is a reporter for 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.