Rangers place LHP Brett Martin on COVID-19 list

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CLEVELAND — The Texas Rangers placed reliever Brett Martin on the COVID-19 list Tuesday before the first game of a doubleheader against the Guardians.

Bench coach Donnie Ecker was also placed in health and safety protocols by the team.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward would not say if either Martin or Ecker tested positive or were experiencing any symptoms.

Woodward said the team is taking the necessary steps to avoid an outbreak of the virus.

“You always worry about it,” Woodward said. “It’s still around. It hasn’t gone anywhere. Obviously, we’re better equipped to handle it. We know more about it, and most guys are vaccinated and most guys are taking precautions to battle this thing, but it’s there.

“We’re taking it as seriously as when it first started.”

Martin (0-4, 4.34 ERA) has appeared in 23 games this season. He’s pitched in 155 games over the past four seasons with Texas.

In other moves, the Rangers recalled infielder Andy Ibanez from Triple-A Round Rock and appointed right-hander Josh Sborz as the 27th man for the doubleheader.

This will be Sborz’s fourth stint with the Rangers in 2022.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.