Re­in­force­ments com­ing

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Look for the Mariners to add two or three play­ers prior to Fri­day’s se­ries opener against the Los An­ge­les An­gels at Safeco Field. Clubs can ex­pand their ros­ters from 25 play­ers to as many as 40 on Sept. 1.

The Mariners are ex­pected to add a third catcher, prob­a­bly by re­call­ing Je­sus Su­cre from Triple-A Tacoma. They are also ex­pected to ac­ti­vate right-handed reliever Evan Scrib­ner from the 60-day dis­abled list.

Scrib­ner, 31, has made four re­hab ap­pear­ances af­ter suf­fer­ing a torn back mus­cle in spring train­ing. The Mariners ac­quired him from Oak­land in a Dec. 8, 2015 trade for mi­nor­league pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill.

The Mariners cleared a spot for Scrib­ner on their 40-man ros­ter Tues­day by as­sign­ing right-han­der Jar­rett Grube to Tacoma af­ter he cleared waiver. It was a pa­per move for Grube, who was al­ready pitch­ing for the Rainiers.

The Mariners fig­ure to fur­ther bol­ster their bullpen when Drew Storen (shoul­der in­flam­ma­tion) and Tom Wil­helm­sen (back spasms) re­turn from the dis­abled list. Storen can re­turn as soon as Sept. 4; Wil­helm­sen on Sept. 9.

Another reliever, Tony Zych, is el­i­gi­ble to be re­called Sept. 4 from Tacoma. Out­fielder Nori Aoki and in­fielder Mike Free­man can be re­called on Sept. 5.

Scrib­ner com­piled a 4.54 ERA last sea­son in a ca­reer-high 54 games at Oak­land. He is 5-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 121 ca­reer games over parts of five sea­sons.

Su­cre, 28, missed nearly three months while re­cov­er­ing from a bro­ken leg suf­fered Jan. 17 while play­ing win­ter ball in Venezuela. He played three big-league games in July, go­ing 1-for-10, but has spent much of the sea­son at Tacoma.

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