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I'm shocked, shocked to learn the Mariners waived Charlie Haeger

July 17, 2011 | 11:05 am

Charlie-haeger_250 Under the "where are they now" heading, or perhaps in this case where they’re not, the Seattle Mariners have released Charlie Haeger (pictured at left) from their triple-A Tacoma team.

Haeger, the knuckleballer that Joe Torre so desperately wanted to fall in love with last season, was released Saturday after posting a 7.74 earned-run average for the Rainiers. Sounds pretty familiar.

Last season Haeger was handed the fifth spot in the Dodgers rotation but went 0-4 with an 8.40 ERA. No one could say he didn’t get a chance. He appeared in nine games (six starts) but never could get it going.

A fifth starter became nearly a season-long search for Dodgers, who were only able to fill it after a July 31 trading-deadline deal for Ted Lilly with the Cubs.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times