Seattle Mariners

Mariners recall Motter after he bats .350 in 25 games at Triple-A Tacoma

Taylor Motter is back in the big leagues.
Taylor Motter is back in the big leagues. AP

Super utilityman Taylor Motter, his remedial tour at Triple-A Tacoma deemed a success, returned Sunday to the Mariners prior to their series finale against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Mariners recalled Motter, 27, after clearing space on their 25-man roster by placing veteran infielder Danny Espinosa on waivers for the purpose of releasing him.

Motter returns after batting .350 with a .427 on-base percentage in 25 games for the Rainiers. He had six doubles and seven homers while driving in 18 runs.

"When we sent him out," manager Scott Servais said, "he knew he had to get the bat going. He made a few adjustments down there. Obviously, the numbers have been very good.

"Going into the National League games (in the upcoming series at Atlanta), with Taylor’s versatility, he can play all over the field, it’s a nice weapon to have."

The Mariners optioned Motter to Tacoma on July 24 after his average dipped to .204 through 70 games. He had seven homers and 23 RBIs but only two homers and 11 RBIs while batting .188 in 54 games after April 25.

Club officials cited a need for Motter to get regular playing time in order to shake his batting slump.

Motter started Sunday’s game at third base.

The Mariners filled Motter’s role for a utilityman by signing Espinosa, who appeared in just eight games and had three hits in 16 at-bats. Espinosa, 30, became available when released by the Los Angeles Angers after batting .162 in 77 games.

Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners