Besides the trade for Kendrys Morales, the Mariners have made some additional roster moves. The have selected the contract of infielder Chris Taylor from Class AAA Tacoma and recalled designated hitter Jesus Montero from Tacoma.
They will take the place of Taijuan Walker and Willie Bloomquist on the 25-man roster. Walker was optioned to Tacoma after last night’s game, while Bloomquist was placed on the DL with a knee contusion. Bloomquist is having a MRI on the knee today. He suffered the injury running to first base yesterday as a pinch hitter.
Here’s video of manager Lloyd McClendon talking about the moves.
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As you can see both players are in the lineup tonight with lefty Wei-Yen Chen on the mound.
“He’s a kid that deserves a chance right now,” Zduriencik said of Taylor. “We had the opportunity to have him come up here and play . The right-handedness is really helpful. It’s a good opportunity for him. We think he has a chance to be part of this thing for the long term. We have a chance to watch him in the big league setting. He’s earned the right to be here.”
Taylor, 23, hit .328 (99×302) with 63 runs scored, 22 doubles, 7 triples, 5 home runs and 37 RB in 75 games with Class AAA Tacoma. He is second in the Pacific Coast League in batting average, tied for fourth in runs scored and tied for third in triples. Taylor is batting .347 (26-for-75) over his last 19 games.
Here’s Taylor’s pregame press conference
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The Mariners had to select Taylor from Class AAA Tacoma and put him on the 40-man roster. That means he’s likely here to stay. If they were to option him back at some point, it would cost them an option year. Had they waited till Sept. 1 to put him on the 40-man, it wouldn’t cost an option year. But he’s here to play.
“I would say he will get his fair share of playing time,” manager Lloyd McClendon said.
What does that mean for Brad Miller? Does he move into Bloomquist’s role?
“I think we have the option of using both of those guys in that way and play them all over,” McClendon said.
There is a chance that Jesus Montero is only up for this game against Chen and will be sent back down after the game.
“Montero is here and we’ll see what happens,,” Zduriencik said. “Let’s hope he’s a contributor. I don’t want to put a time frame on anybody. He’s here tonight. He’s here to help us. And we’ll see what happens postgame.”
Asked Jack Zduriencik about Corey Hart and he said they could use him at first base (like tonight) or in the outfield, also mentioned Morales at first base some as well.
“We’ll see,” he said. “I won’t make a promise to anybody. I think Corey can play some outfield, play some first base as well. Kendrys can play some first base as well. He played quite a bit over there in Minnesota. You have to produce, everybody has to produce. And if you don’t, you aren’t going to get as much playing time. What this move does, it gives our manager more options and I think it’s a good thing.”
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