Mariners call up Andrew Albers, will start Tuesday

 North Battleford, Sask., native Andrew Albers has been called up by the Seattle Mariners and will start for the club on Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Seattle Mariners Baseball Information Department

North Battleford, Sask., native Andrew Albers has been called up by the Seattle Mariners and will start for the club on Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Seattle Mariners Baseball Information Department

From the Seattle Mariners Baseball Information Department

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced the following roster moves on Tuesday:

Andrew Albers, LHP, selected from AAA Tacoma.
Sam Gaviglio, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
Casey Lawrence, RHP, optioned to AAA Tacoma.
Thyago Vieira, RHP, optioned to AAA Tacoma.
Christian Bergman, RHP, designated for assignment.

Albers (#63) and Gaviglio (#44) will be in uniform and available for Tuesday's game vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field. Albers is Tuesday’s starting pitcher for the Mariners.

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

Albers, 31 (turns 32 on Oct. 6), was acquired by Seattle from Atlanta in exchange for cash considerations in a minor league trade on Aug. 11. He was assigned to triple-A Tacoma but did not appear with the Rainiers. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound left-hander went 12–3 with a 2.61 ERA (35 ER, 120 2/3 IP) with 115 strikeouts and 19 walks in 26 games (17 starts) with triple-A Gwinnett in the Atlanta organization this season. At the time of the trade, he ranked among International League leaders in the following categories: tied for 1st in wins (12), third in ERA (2.61), sixth in WHIP (1.15), seventh in strikeouts (115) and eighth in innings pitched (120.2/3). Over his last 8 starts with Gwinnett, he went 6–0 with a 0.98 ERA (6 ER, 55 1/3 IP) with 49 strikeouts and nine walks while posting seven quality starts.

In parts of three Major League seasons with Minnesota (2013 and 2016) and Toronto (2015), Albers is 2–5 with a 4.41 ERA (39 ER, 79 2/3 IP) with 42 strikeouts and 15 walks in 17 games (12 starts). He made his Major League debut with the Twins on Aug. 6, 2013 at Kansas City. The native of North Battleford, Sask., Canada was originally drafted by Milwaukee in the 12th round of the 2004 MLB Draft out of John Paul II High School (North Battleford, Sask., Canada) but did not sign. He was selected and signed by San Diego in the 10th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of the University of Kentucky. He was teammates with James Paxton at the University of Kentucky from 2007–08.