Mariners News: Ketel Marte Placed on 15-Day Disabled List
The Mariners have placed Ketel Marte on the 15-day DL, and have recalled Chris Taylor from Tacoma.
In the fifth inning of yesterday’s game, Mariners shortstop Ketel Marte singled of pitcher John Lamb. After Kyle Seager flew out, and Robinson Cano at bat, Marte stole second base. While he was safe on the play, Marte dove into second base head first, subsequently hurting his left thumb. He remained in the game, even stealing third base shortly after. One inning later, Shawn O’Malley came in as a defensive substitute for Marte and took his place batting first in the order.
After leaving the game early, Marte’s X-rays appeared to be negative, so most were hopeful that the Mariners would only miss their fast, defensive minded shortstop for a few days. Even before an official announcement was made this morning, shortstop Chris Taylor was scratched from the Tacoma Rainiers lineup against Iowa on Saturday night.
This morning the announcement was made that the Mariners placed Ketel Marte on the 15-Day Disabled List, and INF Chris Taylor was recalled from Tacoma.
Here is the official announcement from Mariners PR:
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Marte, 22, a switch hitter, was slashing .276/.307/.378 for the Mariners this season. Like most of the Mariners offense has in the past few weeks, Marte has seemed to come into a groove of his own. In the past 27 games, he has hit .309 with a .785 OPS. He had five stolen bases, including the two on Saturday’s game, in seven attempts.
After a not so good spring, Chris Taylor, 25, has been consistent in Tacoma. In 39 games with Tacoma this season, 33 games played at shortstop, three at second base and three at third base, Taylor has slashed .294/.374/.464. Taylor contributed 31 runs, 14 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 14 RBI and eight stolen bases for the first place Rainiers. Taylor has always had good success in the Pacific Coast League, but his major league career has been somewhat unimpressive. In a total of 253 plate appearances with the Mariners, between 2014 and 2015, Taylor has slashed .239/.296/.296.
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The Mariners play the final game of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds today. With a win last night, the Mariners secured their 7th series won on the road, increasing their AL leading road record. A win today would secure a sweep over the last place Reds.