The Mariners have designated right-handed pitcher D.J. Mitchell for assignment, the club announced via press release. The move creates space on the club's 40-man roster for veteran outfielder Endy Chavez, who joins the club with Michael Saunders being placed on the DL.
Mitchell was originally acquired by the M's from the Yankees as part of the deal for Ichiro Suzuki. Seattle passed Mitchell through waivers and outrighted him to Triple-A back in January. The club then added him to the 40-man roster and optioned him to Triple-A as a procedural mechanism to allow the club to designate Casper Wells for assignment. Just 25, Mitchell appeared in four games for the Yankees in 2012, throwing just 4 2/3 innings and posting a 3.86 ERA.