Mariners designate Edgar Olmos for assignment

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To make room for newly-signed Rickie Weeks on the 40-man roster, the Mariners have designated pitcher Edgar Olmos for assignment, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

The Mariners had picked up Olmos off waivers from the Marlins back in November. The left-hander has pitched only five innings in the major leagues, all in 2013, allowing nine runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out two. He finished with a combined 4.06 ERA with a 60/30 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans this past season.

Dallas Keuchel could make season debut on Friday vs. Nationals

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Braves manager Brian Snitker is hoping recently-signed starter Dallas Keuchel will make his season debut on Friday when the Braves open a 10-game road trip with a three-game set against the Nationals, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. For now, the Braves have not officially named a starter for Friday.

After spending seven months as a free agent, Keuchel finally inked a one-year, $13 million contract with the Braves on June 6. He tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts in his first start with Single-A Rome, then gave up three runs on 11 hits across seven innings for Double-A Mississippi on Saturday.

Last year, his final season with the Astros, Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA and a 153/58 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old supposedly worried prospective teams due to his declining strikeout rate.

Keuchel is hoping to continue the Braves’ momentum, as the club has won 9 of its last 10 games and is 12-3 overall in June thus far, building up a 2.5-game lead over the Phillies in the NL East.