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Mariners release Appier; comeback bid over

Updated: June 3, 2006, 1:07 AM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners ended Kevin Appier's attempt to pitch in the major leagues for the first time in 26 months, releasing the veteran right-hander from his minor league contract Friday.

Appier, 38, was 1-2 with a 4.54 ERA in 10 games, five starts, for Triple-A Tacoma. He started well there after missing the last two weeks of an impressive spring training with a torn calf muscle.

However, the former All-Star and 2002 World Series winner with the Anaheim Angels struggled recently ...

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