Mariners release minor leaguer Mark Rogers in middle of game — technically

David Brown
Big League Stew

Here's another reason baseball is the best sport. Not only can games start one day and end another, all sorts of stuff can happen while the game is still in progress. For example, a team's starting pitcher can be released before a suspended game completes the next day.

This happened to right-hander Mark Rogers, most recently of the Seattle Mariners, just the other day. Rogers started Sunday for the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers, allowing two runs, two hits and five walks. The game was delayed 2 hours, 39 minutes and later suspended because of inclement weather with five outs to go. It was completed Monday night with the Las Vegas 51s (the New York Mets affiliate) taking a 7-5 victory — but not before, Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto noted:

Absolutely, he was. Five walks is a lot, but there must have been extenuating circumstances for cutting Rogers in the middle of a game. The only detail that would have made this stranger was if Rogers was released, signed by Las Vegas and pitched against Tacoma in the second game of the doubleheader.

Rogers was the No. 5 overall pick with the Brewers in 2004, and he appeared to be on the verge of breaking through after having success in the majors in 2011 and 2012, but injuries have hampered his career. He's a free agent under unusual circumstances that will have teams asking his agent, "Why'd he get cut in the middle of the game?"

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