Mariners claim righty Gray off waivers
Jeff Gray, a right-handed reliever who was designated for assignment earlier this week by the White Sox, has been claimed off waivers by the Mariners and will join the team Saturday.

Gray, 29, just threw three scoreless innings on Tuesday against the Angels and has a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings over six appearances.

He'll help bolster a Mariners bullpen that has relied primarily on just four pitchers most of the season, with manager Eric Wedge leaning heavily on closer Brandon League, setup man Jamey Wright and middle relievers Aaron Laffey and David Pauley.

The Mariners had hoped to get injured closer David Aardsma back soon, but he developed arm problems while on his Minor League rehab assignment recovering from hip surgery and could be out for much of the season.

The Mariners will have to make a corresponding move Saturday to open a spot for Gray on their 25-man roster, with little-used rookie relievers Tom Wilhelmsen or Dan Cortes the most likely options to be sent down.

Gray has pitched in parts of four Major League seasons with the A's (2008-2009), Cubs ('10) and White Sox ('11) and has a career mark of 1-1 with a 4.36 ERA in 42 games.

The White Sox designated Gray for assignment on Wednesday to make room for the return of Jake Peavy.

The Mariners had hoped to get injured closer David Aardsma back soon, but he developed arm problems while on his Minor League rehab assignment recovering from hip surgery and could be out for much of the season.

The Mariners will have to make a corresponding move Saturday to open a spot for Gray on their 25-man roster, with little-used rookie relievers Tom Wilhelmsen or Dan Cortes the most likely options to be sent down.

Gray has pitched in parts of four Major League seasons with the A's (2008-2009), Cubs ('10) and White Sox ('11) and has a career mark of 1-1 with a 4.36 ERA in 42 games.

The White Sox designated Gray for assignment on Wednesday to make room for the return of Jake Peavy.

(Courtesy of: www.mariners.com)