SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners optioned reliever Stephen Pryor back to Triple-A Tacoma and recalled left-hander Lucas Luetge on Wednesday after Seattle dropped an 8-1 decision to the Twins at Safeco Field.
Making his first big league appearance since April 2013 on Wednesday night after being recalled earlier in the day, the former Friendship Christian ace allowed one run on one hit and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. He threw 17 of 35 pitches for strikes.
"His outing had nothing to do with it," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We were going to do it anyway."
The Mariners are recalling Luetge have an extra pitcher available for Thursday when they had an "all-bullpen" day. Luetge allowed two runs over 2 1/3 innings in three appearances with Seattle this season before getting demoted to Tacoma. In 26 games with the Rainiers, he is 3-1 with a 3.40 ERA.
Pryor's roster spot was created when young right-hander Taijuan Walker was down to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday so he could continue pitching over the break.
Pryor, 24, is 2-1 with one save and a 4.91 ERA in 21 games for Tacoma after spending most of last season on the disabled list following surgery to repair a torn lat muscle sustained in a mid-April 2013 game against the Texas Rangers.
Pryor, a senior pitcher/first baseman on Friendship’s 2007 state champion team, appeared in 33 games with the Mariners from 2012-13 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 1/3 innings while averaging 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings. He worked 7 1/3 scoreless innings over seven relief outings to start the 2013 season before spending the rest of the year on the DL.
"His velocity is coming back, he's a power arm and he's throwing good," McClendon said before Wednesday's game. "He's on the roster and we need a pitcher. So it made sense."