Vin­cent to DL

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Right-handed re­liever Nick Vin­cent re­placed lefty starter Wade Mi­ley on the dis­abled list.

The Mariners placed Vin­cent on the DL prior to Wed­nes­day’s game against Pittsburgh be­cause of a mid-back strain. The move is retroac­tive to Mon­day and cleared space on the ac­tive ros­ter for Mi­ley, who then started against the Pi­rates.

Vin­cent, 29, sported a wrap around his mid­sec­tion fol­low­ing Tues­day’s vic­tory over Pittsburgh. He traced the prob­lem to pitch­ing 22⁄ in­nings — his 3 long­est out­ing in more than three years — on June 15 at Tampa Bay.

“I came in the next day,” Vin­cent said, “and it was just real stiff. I could deal with that. But then it started grad­u­ally spread­ing to along the ribs. It didn’t feel worse, but it spread to dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

“It’s one thing, and I don’t want it to lead to an­other thing.

Vin­cent is 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 35 games but has al­lowed four runs, in­clud­ing three homers, in 51⁄ in­nings 3 in five games since that ex­tended out­ing at Tampa Bay.

“He tried to pitch through it,” man­ager Scott Ser­vais said. “He is a tough guy. He’s taken the ball ev­ery time we’ve asked him to. He agreed this was prob­a­bly the best thing for him to do, and for our club, right now.”

Vin­cent said his re­cov­ery plan calls for no throw­ing for five days.

“I thought it would go away,” he said, “but it hasn’t gone away. So I talked with Jerry (Dipoto) and the train­ers, and we de­cided to take off for two weeks. Get it bet­ter and be back and ready for the sec­ond half.”

Mi­ley, 29, re­turned to ac­tive duty for the first time since an in im­pinge­ment in his shoul­der forced him to the dis­abled list af­ter a June 12 start against Texas. He en­tered Wed­nes­day’s start at 6-3 with a 5.28 ERA in 13 starts.

Karns on new role

Right-han­der Nathan Karns, one day af­ter be­ing de­moted to the bullpen, chose to look on the pos­i­tive side.

“I have an­other op­por­tu­nity,” he said, “to stay in this locker room and help con­trib­ute to wins. An op­por­tu­nity to stay here and con­trib­ute is how I’m tak­ing it.

“I can’t be dis­ap­pointed. I put my­self in that sit­u­a­tion. I’ve al­ways been told, `If you don’t like it, play bet­ter.’ I’m go­ing to try to do what­ever they ask me to the best of my abil­ity.”

Karns lost his job af­ter a five-start stretch in which he failed to pitch past the fifth in­ning while al­low­ing 19 runs on 26 hits and 17 walks over 231⁄ 3 in­nings. He is 6-2 with a 4.56 ERA over­all is 15 starts.

On tap

The Mariners open a four-game series against the Ori­oles at 7:10 p.m. Thurs­day at Safeco Field.

Right-han­der Tai­juan Walker (3-6 with a 3.45 ERA) re­turns to the Mariners’ ro­ta­tion af­ter miss­ing one turn be­cause of ten­dini­tis in his right foot. Bal­ti­more will start right-han­der Chris Till­man (10-1, 3.52).

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