Diamondbacks release Lucas Harrell

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Right-hander Lucas Harrell went from looking like he might be part of the Astros’ long-term plans in 2012 to being designated for assignment this season, and now the Diamondbacks have released him from Triple-A.

Harrell was traded from Houston to Arizona in April, but posted a 5.15 ERA in 22 starts at Triple-A without making it back to the majors.

Harrell threw 194 innings with a 3.76 ERA for the Astros in 2012, but since then he has a combined 6.13 ERA in 166 innings as a big leaguer and has struggled with extreme control problems.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.