Ramirez recalled by Mariners, earns victory
Right-hander beats Indians in return for his second big league win
SEATTLE -- Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, who was optioned to Class A Everett last week to make one start over the All-Star break, was recalled in time to start Tuesday's game against the Indians.
Ramirez picked up his first Major League win since June 25, 2012, pitching 5 2/3 innings while allowing three runs on eight hits in his 10th start for Seattle and his second this season. With his family watching from the stands, the Nicaraguan struck out four Indians, two in each of his first two innings. The right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer in six of his last eight big league starts.
"I'm just happy," Ramirez said. "It was a close game. I was happy to have my family see me pitch in the big leagues before they go back to Nicaragua."
The 23-year old, who has struggled with efficiency, needed 101 pitches before being relieved early in the sixth frame. In his prior start for Seattle, Ramirez lasted just 4 2/3 innings, also throwing 101 pitches.
Ramirez missed the first three months of the season with an elbow issue, but he made his season debut on July 11 against the Red Sox and took a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Rather than go 12 days before his next start due to the break, Ramirez was sent down to Everett and allowed just one run while striking out 10 in 5 1/3 innings against Vancouver last Wednesday.
Ramirez was 1-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 16 appearances -- including eight starts -- last year as a rookie.
To make room on the 25-man roster, left-handed reliever Bobby LaFromboise was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma. LaFromboise, 27, was to join the Rainiers in time for their game on Tuesday against Tucson.
LaFromboise made one appearance with Seattle after being recalled from Tacoma on July 12, allowing three hits and four runs in Sunday's 12-5 win in Houston. He appeared in three games for the Mariners earlier this season as well.
Mariners GM: Wedge doing well at hospital
SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge spent a second night in the hospital on Tuesday, while bench coach Robby Thompson took over as skipper for that evening's game against the Indians.
Wedge was taken to a hospital before Monday night's game because of a dizzy spell he experienced during batting practice. Players helped the manager from the dugout before team doctors checked him out.
"He's doing well, I had an opportunity to spend some time with him this morning," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "I visited him and his wife, Kate, and he's doing well. He's in good spirits. But it's a little premature to say yet what the prognosis is going to be. More than anything else, as a precaution, they just want to keep him another evening as they get the results from the tests, which are ongoing."
Zduriencik said he didn't know the severity of Wedge's condition, but that they had a conversation about Monday night's 2-1 victory over Cleveland and that the manager appeared fine.
The Mariners entered Tuesday night's game riding a seven-game win streak, but are having to adjust to playing without their manager in the dugout.
"We're all concerned and thinking of him and hoping whatever it is passes and he can get back here as soon as he can," closer Tom Wilhelmsen said. "But it doesn't change how we play and continue playing."
• Entering Tuesday, Mariners starters went 7-0 during the club's seven-game win streak with a 1.71 ERA. It is the third time in franchise history that the starters won seven consecutive games, one shy of the club record.
• Seattle had at least one home run in 16 consecutive games at Safeco Field entering Tuesday's game against the Indians. The previous club record was 11.
• The Mariners have been successful when playing their rookies. With Brad Miller as the starting shortstop, Seattle is 12-3, and the club is 23-10 with Nick Franklin at second base. In addition, the Mariners are 16-10 with Mike Zunino as the catcher coming into Tuesday's clash.
Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. Jacob Thorpe is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.