The Seattle Mariners designated catcher John Buck for assignment after Monday’s opener against the Minnesota Twins. The club will announce a corresponding roster move Tuesday. Jesus Sucre is expected to be the one called up.
Buck, an 11-year Major League veteran, turned 34 on Monday. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with Seattle in January to help mentor starting catcher Mike Zunin and provide the lineup some right-handed pop.
However, iIn 27 games, Buck batted a mere .226 with only one home run and six RBI.
Bucks departure likely clears the way for Sucre who is regarded as one of the best defensive catchers in the organization. The Venezuela native has thrown out half of the attempted basestealers against him at Triple-A Tacoma this season. He’s batting .274 with two homers and 16 RBIs.
Sucre made his Major League debut last season, appearing in eight games with the Mariners and with a .192 batting average and three RBI.