Dustin Ackley is not in Wednesday's lineup due to a sore back.
It's not a big issue, but the Mariners are hoping rest Wednesday combined with Thursday's off day will allow Ackley to return to action Friday. Chris Denorfia is in left field in his place Wednesday.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Neal Cotts has been claimed on revocable waivers by an unnamed team.
There would seem to be a good chance Cotts is traded, as he could be a useful bullpen piece for a contending team. The left-hander boasts a 3.48 ERA and 58/20 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings this season.
Rafael Betancourt (elbow) has been moved up to Triple-A Colorado Springs from Short-Season Grand Junction.
Making his way back from Tommy John surgery, Betancourt holds a 1.76 ERA and 12/5 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 rehab innings to this point. He could join the Rockies' bullpen next month. "He's building himself up," manager Walt Weiss said. "We'll see if there's an opportunity to get him in the mix down the stretch."
Nick Punto (hamstring) has yet to swing a bat since being placed on the disabled list nearly three weeks ago.
Obviously he hasn't done any running, either. Punto's progress from a strained right hamstring has come along slower than expected and he won't rejoin the A's until rosters expand.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics considered removing Jason Hammel from the rotation before ultimately deciding to just skip his turn.
Hammel holds a disappointing 6.75 ERA over seven starts for the A's and will be available in relief until next week in Houston. If he pitches poorly again in that outing, Jesse Chavez or Drew Pomeranz could take his spot the next turn through the rotation.