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Chris Reitsma | Relief Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/31/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chris Reitsma has yet to report to Triple-A Tacoma and the Mariners don't seem willing to release him.
Reitsma asked for his release after the Mariners decided he wouldn't start the season in their bullpen. The organization isn't obligated to grant his wish, and if Reitsma doesn't accept his assignment he can be placed on the restricted list, which allows the Mariners to retain him without paying his salary. Wed, Apr 2, 2008 09:05:00 AM

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The Mariners informed Chris Reitsma and Arthur Rhodes that they will not be going north with the club.

Reitsma responded to the news by asking for his release. The Mariners are under no obligation to grant it, but they probably won't want an unhappy player in Triple-A. Rhodes said he'd be willing to report to Tacoma for now.
Wed, Mar 26, 2008 03:22:00 PM

Chris Reitsma allowed one hit in a scoreless inning Saturday in his spring debut.

Reitsma, returning from elbow surgery, could be healthy enough to make the Opening Day roster, though that wouldn't necessarily mean that the Mariners would carry him. They might prefer he get in some additional innings in the minors.
Sat, Mar 8, 2008 07:14:00 PM

Chris Reitsma said his arm felt great Monday after an extended live batting practice session on Sunday.

Reitsma went "full-bore," throwing 35 to 40 pitches at 100 percent. Reitsma is in camp as a non-roster invitee and is hoping to earn a spot in the Mariners bullpen. He is scheduled to pitch in his first spring game on Wednesday.
Mon, Mar 3, 2008 09:00:00 PM

Mariners re-signed RHP Chris Reitsma to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Reitsma had a 7.61 ERA last season before undergoing surgery on his arthritic right elbow in July. At the time, he wasn't sure he'd pitch again. He's going to give it a try, but he should be considered a long shot to claim a spot in Seattle's pen. If it doesn't work out for him, he's at least as qualified as Miguel Cairo to serve as a backup infielder for the club.
Thu, Jan 10, 2008 08:45:00 PM

Mariners declined RHP Chris Reitsma's $2.7 million option for 2008.

Reitsma gets a $700,000 buyout. His status for 2008 is in doubt after surgery to relieve pain in his arthritic right elbow.
Fri, Nov 2, 2007 09:25:00 PM

Mariners activated RHP Chris Reitsma and LHP Arthur Rhodes from the 60-day disabled list.

Both players will become free agents after the World Series. Whether Reitsma will be able to continue his career at the start of next year is unknown. He underwent surgery in early August to relieve pain in his arthritic right elbow. Rhodes is coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Thu, Oct 25, 2007 03:51:00 AM

Chris Reitsma won't have his 2008 option picked up by the Mariners.

Reitsma is questionable to be ready for next year after surgery to relieve pain in his arthritic elbow.
Tue, Oct 9, 2007 11:31:00 AM

Mariners transferred RHP Chris Reitsma from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Reitsma is out for the year after elbow surgery.
Tue, Sep 4, 2007 07:16:00 PM

Chris Reitsma said he will have season-ending surgery on Thursday to relieve pain in his arthritic right pitching elbow

Reitsma hopes to come back next year, but there are no guarantees. This will be his fifth elbow surgery.
Mon, Jul 30, 2007 09:34:00 PM

Mariners placed RHP Chris Reitsma on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.

Reitsma gave up four more runs last night, taking his ERA up to 7.61. He's considering retirement because of the degenerative condition in his elbow.
Mon, Jul 30, 2007 07:46:00 PM

Mariners activated RHP Chris Reitsma from the 15-day disabled list.

Reitsma has a 5.79 ERA in 18 2/3 innings for the Mariners this season. He'll pitch in middle relief and try to regain a setup role.
Fri, Jul 6, 2007 09:31:00 PM

Chris Reitsma (elbow) is expected to come off the disabled list Friday.

Reitsma has been sidelined since June 11 and the Mariners figure to make room for him on the roster by sending Ryan Rowland-Smith back to the minors.
Fri, Jul 6, 2007 10:47:00 AM

Chris Reitsma (elbow) pitched a scoreless inning Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma.

Few players come off the DL the week before the All-Star break, but Reitsma might be an exception. When the Mariners first activated him a week ago, he didn't make a single appearance in the minors before returning.
Mon, Jul 2, 2007 04:04:00 PM

Chris Reitsma (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday and is scheduled to make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday.

Reitsma will make another rehab appearance Tuesday before likely being activated from the disabled list next week.
Sat, Jun 30, 2007 08:10:00 AM

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SS1Chris Taylor
2Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
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LF1Dustin Ackley
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CF1Austin Jackson
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8Dominic Leone
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10Lucas Luetge
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