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May 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Nick Franklin, Hector Noesi up; Dustin Ackley, Lucas Luetge down

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Nick Franklin is here and Dustin Ackley is not. Franklin joined the Mariners today and will take the 40-man roster spot of that minor leaguer who was going to be jettisoned three days ago before the team was forced to DFA Robert Andino when news of his placement on waivers was leaked in public.

So, Franklin is up, though he won’t start toay. Dustin Ackley goes down to Class AAA, a move that likely should have happened at last summer’s All-Star Break. Instead, the team watched him flounder in last year’s second half, tried to pass much of it off to injury, then saw him get even worse this year to the point where he became an automatic out.

“He’s been off and on and struggled this year,” GM Jack Zduriencik said of Ackley. “I think, more than anything else, Nick has been playing real well and I think you do the move because Nick has earned it. And you do the move because I think this is a good thing just for Dustin to get back there and clear his head. And go down and try to relax, take the pressure off him.

“The guy has a history of being an outstanding hitter. When you watch his struggles up here, I think it got mental with him. It became n issue where the confidence, I think, was affecting him. So, give him the chance to relax, try to clear his head, get back on track.”

Hector Noesi is back up as well, to be used as bullpen depth in case of another early meltdown by a starter. Lucas Luetge is on his way to AAA, the need for three lefties in the bullpen more than superceded by the need for innings against both righties and lefties.

Franklin arrived here this morning after learning of the move after yesterday’s 13-inning win by the Mariners. Ackley went 0-for-5 at the plate in that game, fell to 0-for-his-last-19 and looks completely lost.

As for Franklin, he’ll be used primarily at second base, the Mariners having moved him to that spot more often after initially drafting and playing him as a shortstop.

“I’ve said this last year but I feel it’s more of a vacation for me at second,” Franklin said. “Not really, but from short to second, there’s a big difference. Just in the throw, not as much responsiility. So, I’m pretty comfortable with it,”

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