The Seattle Mariners have activated third baseman Adrian Beltre from the disabled list, and designated infielder Chris Woodward for assignment.
The move allows Beltre to start tonight's game with Kansas City, and gives the team 10 days to trade, release or outright Woodward to the minors - if he clears waivers.
They didn''t guarantee I'd be back in September, but obviously I'd love to be," Woodward said. "They told me that Jack (Hannahan) could play shortstop and second base in a pinch. Unless I'm claimed off waivers, I'll finish the season in Tacoma."
Beltre is back from surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder, and anxious to play the rest of the season. Without him, the Mariners tried Woodward at third, then acquired left-handed hitting Hannahan in a trade last month.
Beltre was batting .259 with five home runs and 31 RBI in 73 games before going on the DL June 29. In 20 games, Woodward batted .239.