Delabar Optioned, Pryor Coming?
After the game, the Mariners announced they were optioning Steve Delabar to Tacoma, but did not announce a corresponding roster move. With the day off tomorrow, they don’t have to make one until before the game on Friday. However, you can pretty much bet that the team is bringing up Stephen Pryor, the flamethrowing relief prospect who has been destroying the minor leagues this year.
It’s interesting timing, given that Brandon League has been temporarily removed from the closer’s role. Tom Wilhelmsen will probably get first crack at saves until League is reinstated as the closer, but if Pryor comes up and starts blowing people away with 100 MPH fastballs while the team is going with a closer-by-committee approach, it’s not impossible to think that he might just grab the job and run with it.
For Delabar, this is a chance for him to go down and work on his slider. He’ll be back as soon as the team trades League, and if he can get his slider to be a legitimate weapon against righties, he could be a good big league reliever.
Update: Confirmed – Stephen Pryor is getting called up. He’ll join the team on Friday.