Mariners Select Souza Jr., Reinstate Romo; Ford Reports to Club; Sampson Claimed off Waivers by Mariners PR | May, 2022

Kelenic, Young optioned to Triple-A Tacoma; Fairchild optioned to Triple-A Tacoma and designated for assignment; Y. Ramirez designated for assignment

NEW YORK, NY – Seattle Mariners President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

· Sergio RomoRHP, reinstated from 10-day Injured List.

· Steven Souza Jr. (# 21), OF, selected from Triple-A Tacoma.

· Mike Ford (# 70), INF, reports to club.

· Adrian SampsonRHP, claimed off waivers from Chicago-NL.

· Jarred KelenicOF, optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

· Danny YoungLHP, optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

· Stuart FairchildOF, optioned to Triple-A Tacoma and designated for assignment.

· Yohan RamirezRHP, designated for assignment.

The Mariners Major League, 40-man roster remains full at 40 players.

Rome, 39, was placed on the 10-day Injured List (right shoulder inflammation) on April 13 (retroactive to April 12). The right-hander made 1 Major League rehab appearance with Triple-A Tacoma, tossing an inning on May 10. In 2 appearances with Seattle this season, Romo is 0–0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 2.0 IP) with 3 strikeouts .

Romo is 42–35 with 137 saves and a 3.09 ERA (243 ER, 706.2 IP) with 173 walks and 778 strikeouts in 800 career games across 15 Major League seasons with San Francisco (2008–16), Los Angeles-NL (2017) , Tampa Bay (2017–18), Miami (2019), Minnesota (2019–20), Oakland (2021) and Seattle (2022). He made his 800th career appearance on April 11, 2022 at Minnesota. Romo is the only pitcher in Major League history with at least 100 career saves (137) and 200 career holds (201).

The Brawley, California native was originally selected by San Francisco in the 28th round of the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. He also attended Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA), Arizona Western College (Yuma, AZ) and the University of North Alabama (Florence, AL). The 5-foot-11 right-hander made his Major League debut for the Giants on June 26, 2008 at Cleveland.

Souza Jr. (SOO-za), 33, is batting .267 (20×75) with 17 runs, 5 doubles, 5 home runs, 17 RBI, 3 stolen bases and 19 walks in 22 games with Triple-A Tacoma this season. The outfielder was signed by Seattle to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training on March 14.

The Everett, Washington native attended Cascade High School and was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 3rd round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The 6-foot-4 outfielder has appeared in 7 Major League seasons with Washington (2014), Tampa Bay (2015–17), Arizona (2018), Chicago-NL (2020) and Los Angeles-NL (2021). In 499 career games, he is batting .230 (380×1650) with 71 doubles, 8 triples, 72 home runs, 206 RBI, 42 stolen bases and 198 walks. He hit a career-high 30 home runs with Tampa Bay in 2017.

Ford, 29, yesterday was acquired by Seattle from San Francisco in exchange for cash considerations after being traded by the Mariners to the Giants in exchange for cash considerations on April 30. He was selected by Seattle on April 19, but did not appear in a game . He appeared in 1 game with San Francisco this season, going 1-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Ford was signed to a minor league contract by the Mariners on March 16. He’s appeared in 11 games with Triple-A Tacoma in 2022, batting .317 (13×41) with 10 runs, 1 double, 2 home runs, 5 RBI and 5 walks . He appeared in 13 Cactus League games with Seattle this spring, batting .217 (5×23) with 2 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBI and 3 walks. He has appeared in 4 Major League seasons with New York-AL (2019–21) and San Francisco (2022). In 102 career games, he is batting .199 (56×281) with 41 runs, 11 doubles, 17 home runs, 43 RBI and 35 walks. The left-handed hitting, right-handed throwing first baseman was originally signed by New York-AL as an undrafted free agent out of Princeton University (NJ) in 2013.

Sampson, 30, will report to Triple-A Tacoma. He was designated for assignment by Chicago-NL on May 10 after appearing in 1 game with the Cubs this season. Sampson is a veteran of 5 Major League seasons, including making his MLB debut with Seattle on June 18, 2016, against Boston at Fenway Park. If Sampson appears in a Major League game with Seattle, he will become the 49th player with at least two different stints with the Mariners.

The Washington State native attended Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash., Before attending Bellevue Community College (Wash.), Where he played two seasons. The right-hander was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 5th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Sampson owns a 5.13 ERA (108 ER, 189.1 IP) in 52 career MLB appearances (25 starts) with Seattle (2016), Texas (2018–19) and Chicago-NL (2021–22). Sampson played one season with the Korean Baseball Organization’s Lotte Giants in 2020, going 9–12 with a 5.40 ERA (78 ER, 130.0 IP).

Fairchild26, has appeared in 3 games with Seattle this season after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on April 30. He was acquired in a trade from Arizona in exchange for cash considerations on April 23. Fairchild has appeared in 14 Triple-A games in 2022 (10 with Reno, 4 with Tacoma), batting .245 (13×53) with 3 home runs and 6 RBI.

The Seattle native attended Seattle Preparatory School before attending Wake Forest University. The right-handed hitting and throwing outfielder was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Wake Forest. In 355 career minor league games, Fairchild is batting .272 (342×1259) with 189 runs, 70 doubles, 17 triples, 35 home runs, 165 RBI, 48 stolen bases and 137 walks.

Kelenic (KELL-nick), 22, has appeared in 30 games with Seattle this season, batting .140 (12×86) with 10 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 10 RBI, 4 stolen bases and 9 walks. The 22-year-old outfielder has started 24 of Seattle’s 32 games this season.

Kelenic made his Major League debut with the Mariners 1 year ago today on May 13, 2021 vs. Cleveland. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound outfielder was acquired by Seattle, along with RHP Gerson Bautista, OF Jay Bruce, RHP Justin Dunn and RHP Anthony Swarzak, from New York-NL in exchange for INF Robinson Cano, RHP Edwin Diaz and cash considerations on Dec. 3, 2018. Kelenic was originally selected by the Mets in the 1st round (6th overall) of the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Waukesha West High School (WI).

Young, 27, made his Major League debut with Seattle on May 9 vs. Philadelphia, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. The left-hander was signed by Seattle to a minor league contract on Feb. 9, 2022 and was invited to Major League spring training. He’s appeared in 9 games with Triple-A Tacoma this season, going 0–0 with 1 save and a 7.00 ERA (7 ER, 9.0 IP) with 2 walks and 15 strikeouts.

Young was selected by Toronto in the 8th round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Florida. He has appeared in 7 minor league seasons in the Toronto (2015–19), Cleveland (2021) and Seattle (2022) organizations.

Ramirez, 27, made Seattle’s Opening Day roster and was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on April 28. He has appeared in 7 games with Seattle and 4 games with the Rainiers this season. In his 7 appearances with the Mariners in 2022, Ramirez is 1–0 with a 7.56 ERA (7 ER, 8.1 IP) with 6 walks and 10 strikeouts.

The right-hander has appeared in 3 Major League seasons with Seattle (2020-c), going 2–3 with 5 saves and a 3.97 ERA (25 ER, 56.2 IP) with 38 walks and 71 strikeouts in 48 appearances. The 6-foot-4 reliever was selected by Seattle in the Rule 5 Draft from Houston on Dec. 12, 2019.

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