Mariners get back reliever Graveman after COVID issue

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Kendall Graveman throws against the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 16, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (Elaine Thompson, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

CLEVELAND – Seattle Mariners reliever Kendall Graveman is back with the team after being on the injured list following a COVID-19 scare.

The 30-year-old right-hander, who had been out since May 23, was activated Friday before the Mariners opened a three-game series against the Indians.

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Graveman spent two weeks quarantined in San Diego. Before he was sidelined, he had been one of the league's top relievers. He recorded five saves and did not allow a run in 16 2/3 innings over 14 appearances.

Manager Scott Servais said he'll likely ease Graveman back into his usual role. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since May 16 — against Cleveland — and made just one rehab appearance for Triple-A Tacoma on June 8.

The Mariners also activated right-hander Justin Dunn (shoulder) to start the series opener. He went on the injured list June 2 with inflammation.

Relievers Yacksel Ríos and Keynan Middleton were optioned to Tacoma.


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