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Notebook: Mariners reacquire Patrick Kivlehan in exchange for cash or player to be named later

Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz hit a baseball out of Safeco Field on Sunday during batting practice. A spokesperson for the team it is the first time that has happened in batting practice or a game.
Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz hit a baseball out of Safeco Field on Sunday during batting practice. A spokesperson for the team it is the first time that has happened in batting practice or a game. The Associated Press

SEATTLE After being dealt to the Texas Rangers in December, Patrick Kivlehan is once again a member of the Seattle Mariners organization.

The Mariners announced Sunday that they reacquired Kivlehan, a 26-year-old infielder whom they drafted as a fourth-rounder in 2012, in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Kivlehan spent the first four seasons of his professional career in the Mariners minor-league system, but in December was traded to the Rangers along with James Jones and Tom Wilhelmsen in exchange for outfielder Leonys Martin and right-hander Anthony Bass.

In 36 games this season with Round Rock, the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, Kivlehan batted .184 with one home run. He hit .256 with 22 homers in 123 games last season with the Tacoma Rainiers.

To make room for Kivlehan on the 40-man roster, the Mariners placed 30-year-old right-hander Evan Scribner on the 60-day disabled list.

MARTE LOOKS GOOD

Mariners manager Scott Servais said injured shortstop Ketel Marte, placed on the 15-day disabled list May 22, “looks great” in his recovery from a sprained left thumb and likely will begin his Triple-A rehab assignment with Tacoma when the Mariners leave on Tuesday for San Diego.

“He’s swinging the bat,” Servais said. “I think he’s going to hit in the cage with the actual BP thrower. ... That’ll kind of be the last test. If he gets through that, he’ll be ready to go out on the rehab after.”

Marte is eligible to return to the 25-man roster on June 6.

CRUZ GOES DEEP IN BP

Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz seemed unimpressed about the home run he hit completely out of Safeco Field and onto Royal Brougham Way during batting practice before Saturday’s game.

“That’s not like a real homer,” he said. “It’s just BP.”

Still, the blast was believed to be the first of its kind, batting practice or otherwise. Cruz said he did it because Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was encouraging him to “hit it out, hit it out.”

So he did. The Mariners posted video of the homer on their official Twitter account.

“I don’t think I’m going to try to do it (again),” Cruz said. “I went 0 for 4 (Saturday), so I don’t think it worked out. And I missed some balls that I should have hit good, too.”

Said Servais: “That 5 o’clock stuff is fun to watch, but it’s the 7 o’clock stuff I’m concerned about.”

NO SLEEP SATURDAY

After nights like Saturday, Servais said, sleep doesn’t come easy.

He said the Mariners have been fortunate this season to mostly avoid outcomes such as their 6-5 defeat against the Twins, which was capped by a wild, 2-4-5-6 double play in the bottom of the ninth inning.

That one kept Servais up a bit afterward.

The Mariners, seeking to rally, had runners at first and third with one out. But the game ended after Kyle Seager tried to take second base when a pitch bounced in front of Twins catcher Juan Centeno, then Centeno threw to second base well before Seager got there, then Seager tried to retreat, then Shawn O’Malley wandered too far off third base, then Twins second baseman Brian Dozier threw O’Malley out at third and third baseman Eduardo Nunez threw back to shortstop Eduardo Escobar to nail Seager at second base.

Game over. Not how the Mariners drew it up.

“Crazy play, and not one that you practice too often,” Servais said. “You certainly don’t expect a game to end that way. It just happened. We had guys that were probably a little too aggressive in that spot, but I don’t fault our guys at all. We had many, many chances in that game, early in the game, too, to take care of business, and we didn’t. Like I said, it’s over, and we’ll let it go.”

ON TAP

Seattle begins a two-game home series against the San Diego Padres with a 1:10 p.m. Monday game at Safeco Field. Right-hander Nathan Karns (4-1, 3.53 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Mariners, with right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-4, 4.87) slated to pitch for the Padres. The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest and heard on 710-AM.

The Mariners play two more games against the Padres in San Diego beginning Wednesday.

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