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Mariners dump Snell; pitcher designated for reassignment

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Ian Snell throws in the fourth inning of an MLB baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on June 4, 2010, in Seattle.  (Ted Warren / Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Ian Snell throws in the fourth inning of an MLB baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on June 4, 2010, in Seattle. (Ted Warren / Associated Press)

SEATTLE - Seattle Mariners pitcher Ian Snell, 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA, has been designated for assignment.

The Mariners on Tuesday recalled right-hander Brian Sweeney, signed as a minor league free agent on April 16, from Triple-A Tacoma.

The 28-year-old Snell was replaced in the rotation by Luke French on Monday in the 9-3 loss to the Cardinals.

Snell, who has a 38-53 career record with a 4.80 ERA, was acquired by the Mariners last July along with shortstop Jack Wilson as part of a seven-player deal.

The 36-year-old Sweeney was 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 28 2-3 innings of relief with 32 strikeouts and eight walks. Sweeney spent the last three seasons playing in Japan for the Nippon Ham-Fighters.