The Mariners catching problems grew again today when the team placed veteran Josh Bard on the disabled list and recalled veteran Eliezer Alfonzo to take his place.
To make room on the 40-man roster, Seattle designated utility player Jack Hannahan for assignment.
Bard joined the team last week when rookie Adam Moore went on the disabled list. He'd played well enough in his brief stint with the team to get the majority of playing time behind the plate - then strained a calf muscle Wednesday.
Now the Mariners are on their fourth catcher of the season, and Alfonzo will share time with Rob Johnson.Alfonzo caught 25 games with Tacoma this season, batting .267. His major league experience spans 155 games over the past four seasons as a reserve with the Padres and Giants. His career averager: .238.
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Hannahan, a left-handed hitter the Mariners had hoped would be a backup shortstop this year, was hurt in spring training and hadn't played a game for Seattle. Plagued by injuries in April, Hannahan remains a player the Mariners would like to keep, but he's now available to all 25 teams through waiver claims.