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05/11/2007 7:12 PM ET
Mariners place RHP Jeff Weaver on 15-day disabled list
Mariners recall LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith from Tacoma
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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Bill Bavasi announced today that the Mariners placed right-handed pitcher Jeff Weaver on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. Left-handed pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take Weaver's roster spot.

Weaver, 30, is 0-6 with a 14.32 ERA (35 ER/22.0 IP) in his six starts with the Mariners.

"Jeff is a guy that won't complain about anything and just takes the baseball," said Bavasi. "It became obvious to us when he needed to reach back for that little something extra, his arm strength just wasn't there. Once we talked to him, it became obvious that with some time off and a strength program, he will have an opportunity to return to the type of pitcher we know he can be."

Rowland-Smith (#18) will be in uniform for tonight's 7:05 p.m. game against the New York Yankees at Safeco Field.

Rowland-Smith, 23, will be making his Major League debut when he appears in a game for the Mariners. The native of Sydney, Australia has appeared in 178 minor league games, combining to go 23-21 with a 3.81 ERA (202 ER/476.2 IP). In 11 relief appearances with AAA Tacoma this season, Rowland-Smith was 2-2, 5.68 (12 ER/19.0 IP) with 19 strikeouts and 14 walks. He limited opponents to a .232 (16x69) batting average.

The Mariners originally signed him as a non-drafted free agent on Nov. 19, 2000. He was selected by Minnesota in the Major League portion of the 2004 Rule 5 draft, but returned to Seattle prior to the end of 2005 spring training.

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