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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

August 31, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Carlos Triunfel activated

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I have a bad habit of spelling Carlos’s name “Truinfel.” I just have to remember that old rule I learned in third grade: “i before u except after c.” Or something like that.

Anyway, shortstop (for now) Carlos Triunfel has been activated and will be in uniform tonight for the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx for their game against the Mississippi Braves.

That’s great news for the M’s, because this has been pretty much a lost developmental season for Triunfel, who went into the year as one of the Mariners’ top-rated prospects. However, he fractured his left tibia on April 11 — just two games into the minor-league season — and was out for four months. He rehabbed four games with Seattle’s rookie level team in Arizona, going 4-for-16 with a double and four RBI. The Diamond Jaxx’s season runs for one more week, through Sept. 7. They are lodged in a tight race for a playoff berth with Chattanooga and Tennessee.

Triunfel is just 19 years old, so this layoff is merely a hiccup in his development. He will participate in the Arizona Fall League in October along with Dustin Ackley, Phillippe Aumont and Josh Fields, among others. Triunfel is also scheduled to play in the Mariners’ instructional league in Arizona prior to the Arizona Fall League.

To clear a spot for Triunfel, left-handed pitcher Luis Villareal was placed on the seven-day disabled list. Yes, the seven-day DL.

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