SEATTLE (AP) _ With two months of the season left, the Seattle Mariners are on the verge of setting a team record for pitchers used in a year.

Before Saturday night's game with the New York Yankees, the Mariners recalled right-hander Todd Williams from Triple-A Tacoma.

To make room for Williams, 28, the Mariners optioned outfielder Shane Monahan back to their Pacific Coast League farm club.

Williams, acquired in a trade with Cincinnati on July 22, will be the 26th pitcher to be used this season, a club record and most in the majors. Williams also will be the 14th rookie pitcher used by Seattle.

At 5.78, the Mariners had the worst ERA in the American League before Saturday night's game.

Williams pitched for Team USA at the Pan American Games this summer, helping the Americans win a silver medal and qualify for the 2000 Olympics. He made his debut in Tacoma on Friday night, pitching 1 2-3 shutout innings for a save in the Rainiers' 5-3 win against Las Vegas.

At Triple-A Indianapolis this season, Williams was 1-3 with a 5.10 ERA in 38 games and 42 1-3 innings.

He was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in six games and 9 1-3 innings in Cincinnati last season.

Monahan, 24, played in two games and had two at bats after being recalled by the Mariners from Tacoma July 29. He was Seattle's left fielder in the second half of last season, playing in 60 games and hitting .242 with four home runs and 28 RBIs.