The Mariners have optioned the struggling Greg Halman to Triple A Tacoma. They will make a corresponding roster move before Friday's game.
The Mariners will add a player, likely an outfielder on Friday. The list of choices would be Carlos Peguero, Wily Mo Pena and the recently signed Trayvon Robinson.
Don't be surprised when they call up the speedy Robinson. Here's a story I wrote on him yesterday.
Halman, 23, hit .230 (20-for-87) in 30 games with the Mariners after his recall from Tacoma on June 2. Halman made starts at all three outfield positions with the Mariners: LF 29 G (15 GS), CF 8 G (8 GS), RF 1 G (1 GS). He had back-to-back 3-hit games June 5 and 6, his first two big league games of the year.
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Halman was just 2 for his last 28 with with a homer and 12 strikeouts. In 30 games, he struck out 32 times in 87 at-bats. Playing every few days isn't helping Halman and with the acquisition of Casper Wells, his playing time will only decrease. It's better for him to go to Triple A and play every day.
Also in another move, the team officially released Jack Cust. They had designated him for assignment. And since no one claimed him off waivers, they could either outright him to Tacoma or release him. They chose to release him.