Mariners option Farquhar to facilitate Jackson’s return

Despite his demotion, the right-hander acknowledged that he has to work on some things. 

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The Seattle Mariners made an unexpected roster move after their 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday: they optioned reliever Danny Farquhar to Triple-A Tacoma.

The decision was made in part to facilitate the reinstatement of outfielder Austin Jackson, as he was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday night. Jackson has been out for a couple of weeks with an ankle issue. 

Demoting Farquhar will leave the Mariners with just a six-man bullpen, but general manager Jack Zduriencik told Shannon Drayer of ESPN Seattle that the club sees it as the correct move for the moment: "It keeps our position players intact. We feel pretty good about what we are sending out in the next couple of days, but you never know. If we have to make a move shortly after that we are prepared to do that."

Farquhar is considered one of the Mariners’ primary right-handed relievers, but he’s struggled so far in 2015. In 23 2/3 innings, he’s allowed 17 earned runs, posted an ERA of 6.46 and an FIP of 4.25. Last eason, for comparison’s sake, Farquhar finished with a stellar 2.66 ERA and an FIP of 286. 

Farquhar spoke pretty freely to Drayer about the move, admitting that he was well aware of his struggles: "It’s not my first time sucking. I’ve been humbled plenty of times in baseball. You just have to kind of forget it and battle your way through it."

(h/t My Northwest