Mariners reinstate All-Star Julio Rodríguez from 10-day IL

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners reinstated All-Star center fielder Julio Rodriguez and catcher Curt Casali from the 10-day injured list on Thursday ahead of a lengthy road trip.

Rodriguez has been sidelined since getting hit on the wrist by a pitch in Houston on July 30. He was eligible to come off the injured list on Wednesday, but the Mariners opted to give Rodriguez another couple of days before returning to action.

The Mariners open a nine-game road trip on Friday in Texas.

Casali will be joining the Mariners for the first time after being acquired from San Francisco before the trade deadline. Casali was on a rehab assignment recovering from an oblique injury suffered in early July with the Giants.

To clear spots on the roster, Seattle optioned outfielder Jarred Kelenic to Triple-A Tacoma and designated for assignment catcher Luis Torrens. Kelenic struggled badly in his most recent stint with the Mariners, going 2 for 27 at the plate, but did hit a home run off Gerrit Cole in New York.

Torrens has been a disappointment at the plate this season, but did collect the game-winning hit to end Tuesday night’s 1-0 win in 13 innings over the Yankees. Torrens is batting .214 with one home run and 10 RBIs. He hit .253 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 108 games last season.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.