Just before the Seattle Mariners took on the Oakland Athletics in distant California, they made the stirring announcement that third baseman Chone Figgins had been activated from the disabled list.
What that means is protentially a headache for manager Eric Wedge, who has been playing rookie Kyle Seager regularly at third base and will likely try to find a game or two to get Alex Liddi in once he's called up in the next few days.
Figgins? He can pinch run, pinch hit and sit a lot, or he can take time away from either of the young players trying to make an impression for 2012. In 81 games before he was sidelined with a hamstring strain, Figgins batted .188.
Playing him would amount to showcasing him for any possible off-season trade, but that seems unlikely - Figgins is owed $17 millon over the next two years, and has shown nothing in Seattle to entice another team to take that on.