Struggling infielder Nick Franklin, hitless in his last 16 at-bats, is heading back to Triple-A Tacoma in an effort to recapture his swing.
The Mariners optioned Franklin, 23, to the Rainiers prior to Tuesdays game in order to clear roster space for right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, whom they recalled from Tacoma.
Ramirez started Tuesdays series opener against the Braves.
Franklin isnt just slumping; he often isnt even making contact. He struck out in nine of his last 13 at-bats. His average is down to .128 at 6-for-47 in 17 games, including 14 starts.
Manager Lloyd McClendon chose to use Franklins demotion to emphasize need for positive results from everyone on the roster.