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Roster integrity compromised

Technically, Gil Meche has been demoted to Triple-A. Yet the Mariners have no intention of using him there.

Originally Published: September 2, 2003
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

The Mariners made an odd move Sunday for a team two games out of first place and with a one-game lead in the wild-card race.

The day after Gil Meche won his 14th game, second-best on the team, Seattle optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma, called up injured minor-league pitcher Rett Johnson to replace him, immediately placed Johnson on the disabled list and then called up 40-year-old catcher Pat Borders to replace Johnson.

It wasn't a demotion for Meche. He'll be recalled this week ...

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