The Mariners made a flurry of roster moves today, set into motion when they recalled outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Tacoma and activated him from the 60-day disabled list. Gutierrez is in the starting lineup tonight against the A’s.
To make room for Gutierrez on the 25-man roster, Michael Morse was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 21, with a strained right quad muscle. And to make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Eric Thames was designated for assignment. Thames was on the Tacoma DL with a wrist injury.
Gutierrez has been on the DL since April 23 with a right hamstring strain. In 22 games on rehab assignment with Tacoma, he hit .232 (22-for-95) with three homers and 17 RBI. Prior to going on the DL, he hit .259 with four homers and 10 RBI in 16 games with the Mariners.
Morse has been hobbled by the quad injury since hurting himself on May 28 against the Padres, appearing in only 11 of the Mariners’ last 23 games (at DH, first base or pinch-hitter).
Thames, 26, hit .295 with seven homers and 33 RBI in 57 games with Tacoma. He came to Seattle last July 31 in a trade with Toronto for pitcher Steve Delabar. The Mariners have 10 days to trade, release or outright Thames’ contract.