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Mariners’ latest round of moves includes recalling Vogelbach from Tacoma

The Mariners recalled first baseman Dan Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma prior to Tuesday’s game against Houston.
The Mariners recalled first baseman Dan Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma prior to Tuesday’s game against Houston. AP

First baseman Dan Vogelbach is back, outfielder Jacob Hannemann is here and reliever Evan Scribner is no longer on the roster.

Yep, the Mariners made another series of roster Tuesday prior to their game against Houston at Safeco Field.

Vogelbach, 24, was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma one day after the Rainiers concluded their season. He is back for a third big-league tour this season but spent most of the year at Tacoma, where he batted .290 with 17 homers and 83 RBIs.

Hannemann, 26, reported one day after the Mariners acquired him through a waiver claim from the Chicago Cubs. A five-year professional, this marks his first time in the big leagues.

The Mariners placed Scribner, 32, on release waivers after activating him from the 60-day disabled list. He was diagnosed in April with a strained flexor bundle in his right elbow after allowing nine runs and 13 hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Scribner made four scoreless rehab appearances over the last 10 days, but it wasn’t sufficient for the Mariners to make necessary space-clearing move to return him to active duty.

The Mariners now have 33 players on their active roster. Major League rules permit rosters to expand from 25 to as many as 40 players on Sept. 1.

Vogelbach entered the year projected to share duty at first base with veteran Danny Valencia, but a poor spring training resulted in a decision to have him open the season at Tacoma.

The Mariners recalled Vogelbach on two previous occasions, but he had just three hits in 17 at-bats over seven games.

"Maybe get him an at-bat off the bench," manager Scott Servais said. "We’re going to continue to give the regular ABs to (Yonder) Alonso and Danny Valencia. But he’s on the 40-man, so he’s up.

"We’ll see if there’s an opportunity to get him in."

Hannemann is a left-handed hitter who batted just .240 with a .312 on-base percentage this season in 114 games at Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee. But he possesses plus speed and is regarded as strong defensive center fielder.

"He's athletic and can steal bases," Servais said. "You’ll see him pinch-run. Maybe on defense."

Those two skills made Hannemann attractive to the Mariners once Jarrod Dyson suffered renewed problems last weekend with a strained right groin muscle.

Dyson missed 11 games in August because of the injury and aggravated the ailment last Saturday while breaking from the batter’s box in his second game back from the disabled list.

"I’m feeling OK today, man," he said prior to Tuesday’s game. "I’m going to go out and test it out today and see where I’m at. See how it goes."

The Mariners acquired Scribner in a December 2015 trade from Oakland in the hope that he could serve as a key late-inning reliever. But he missed nearly all of 2016 because of a strained right latissimus muscle in his back.

This year’s elbow injury meant he appeared in just 20 big-league games over the last two seasons.

Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners

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