The Seattle Mariners are getting a little power back in their batting order.
On Monday, the Mariners activated outfielder Michael Morse from the 15-day disabled list. He will join the team Tuesday in Boston for the start of a six-game trip that includes a stop in Baltimore.
To make room on the roster, outfielder Jason Bay was designated for assignment.
Bay was the casualty of a crowded outfield, including Dustin Ackley, who converted to the position from second base.
Bay and Endy Chavez — both on one-year contracts — were the likely candidates to be designated with Morse returning from the DL.
Morse has been hampered this season by injuries. After starting the season with six homers in nine games, he suffered a broken pinky when he was hit by a pitch from Texas’ Tanner Scheppers on April 11. He didn’t spend any time on the disabled list, but the injury slowed his production at the plate.
Just about the time the finger appeared to have healed and Morse was finding his comfort at the plate, he suffered a strained quadriceps running the bases May 28.
Again, Morse didn’t go on the disabled list immediately. With Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders on the DL at the time, he tried to play through the injury for days.
Finally, on June 22, the Mariners placed Morse on the disabled list. He was hitting .251 (52-for- 207) with 11 home runs and 23 RBI in 56 games.
During his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Tacoma, Morse played six games, hitting .250 (6-for-24) with a double, a homer and two RBI.
Bay was used mostly as a platoon player in left field. He played 68 games this season, hitting .204 (42-for-206) with six doubles, 11 homers and 20 RBI.
With the recall of Ackley and the hot hitting of Raul Ibañez, Bay’s playing time had diminished in recent weeks. He signed a one-year free-agent contract worth $1 million in the offseason.
The former Gonzaga standout is being paid by the New York Mets this season under the terms of a previous contract.
The Mariners have 10 days to trade, release or outright Bay to the minor leagues. Because of his service time, Bay can refuse an assignment to the minors.Ryan Divish: 253-597-8483 ryan.divish@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/mariners @RyanDivish