Here’s today’s Mariners lineup. No Yankee lineup posted yet.
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
55 Michael Saunders (L) CF
63 Jesus Montero DH
27 John Jaso (L) C
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
33 Casper Wells LF
20 Mike Carp (L) 1B
4 Carlos Peguero (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
34 Felix Hernandez RHP
As expected, Mike Carp was recalled from his rehab assignment and activated from the 15-day DL, and will join the Mariners today.
Not quite as expected was their other move: outfielder Trayvon Robinson was recalled from Tacoma. The Mariners had two openings with the demotion of Justin Smoak and the trade of Ichiro.
Many people thought outfielder Darren Ford, hitting .319, might get the call, but Ford wasn’t on the 40-man roster, so bringing him up would have required the Mariners to cut someone loose. Robinson was on the 40-man, so he’s coming up despite mixed success at Tacoma. Robinson, 24, is hitting .265 with 50 runs, 18 doubles, nine homers and 41 RBIs in 83 games. He has struck out 85 times in 345 at-bats. Robinson came from the Dodgers organization last year as part of the Erik Bedard trade, and hit .210 in 143 at-bats with the Mariners in 2011. After a fast start, he looked completely lost over the final month.
Carp, 25, has had two stints on the DL, both related to the shoulder injury he suffered in the season opening game in Japan. Carp batted just .220 with one homer and eight RBIs in 15 games during his rehab stint. He was hitting .157 in 32 games for the Mariners, but could get considerable playing time at first base with Smoak gone.