The Return of Cano, Zunino, Plus Inside the Trainers Room
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have recalled catcher Mike Zunino and pitcher Emilio Pagan from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned three players to help clear a spot for the expected return of second baseman Robinson Cano.
The Mariners made the roster moves Monday, an off day before the start of a three-city road trip on Tuesday. The Mariners optioned pitcher Chris Heston, catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and infielder Daniel Vogelbach with the expectation that Cano will be able to come off the disabled list Tuesday after missing time with a strained quadriceps.
Zunino started the season with the Mariners but was sent down earlier this month after batting .167 in the first 24 games of the season. Zunino hit .293 and had five home runs in 41 at-bats with Tacoma.
(AP) __ Mariners pitcher Christian Bergman starts Tuesday at Washington after a day off on Monday.
Bergman is coming off the best outing of his career, when he held Oakland scoreless over 7 1/3 innings with a career high nine strikeouts.
The Chicago White Sox beat Seattle 8-1 on Sunday.
MARINERS- TRAINERS ROOM
SEATTLE (AP) __ Mariners first baseman Danny Valencia missed his second straight game after hurting his left wrist on a slide in Friday's game, and had an MRI Sunday.
First baseman Daniel Vogelbach was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and started at first base in his place.
Seattle manager Scott Servais said pitcher James Paxton, on the DL with a left forearm strain, will probably have a rehab assignment at Double-A Arkansas later this week. If all goes well Paxton could return after the Mariners' upcoming eight-game road trip.