- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 2, 2010

SEATTLE | The Seattle Mariners have released veteran outfielder Eric Byrnes, two days after a late-game gaffe and bizarre exit from the stadium on a bicycle.

The punchless Mariners announced Sunday night after they were swept at home by the Texas Rangers that they also optioned infielder Matt Tuiasosopo to Triple-A Tacoma.

Seattle called up outfielder Ryan Langerhans and infielder Josh Wilson from Tacoma. Both will be in uniform Tuesday against Tampa Bay after Monday’s off day.

The Mariners signed Byrnes in January after Arizona released him. He was 3 for 32 (.094) in 15 games.

On Friday night, he inexplicably pulled his bat back on a botched suicide squeeze in extra innings of a scoreless game. Ichiro Suzuki was tagged out on the play.


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