Mariners announce they have selected an outfielder Marcus Wilson to the Major Leagues. He will replace Taylor Trammell, which is on the 10-Day Right Hamstring Sprain Injury List. Seattle also selected a corner infielder Kevin Padlo to Triple-A Tacoma and recalled the utility worker Sam Haggerty to add some defensive flexibility to the bench. To create a place on the roster of 40 for Wilson, catcher Tom Murphy was transferred from a 10-day to a 60-day IL.
Wilson, 25, will make his major league debut if he gets into the game. He has spent time on the 40-man roster before, having been drafted by the Red Sox to keep him out of the 2019 Rule 5 draft. Wilson spent a year and a half on an optional assignment to the minor leagues before being nominated last summer by Boston on a trade deadline. Seattle took his waivers and kept him in Triple-A until the end of last season.
The California native struggled during his first two months in the M organization, which led to Seattle eliminating him from a 40-man draw late last year. Wilson went through waivers unclaimed and stayed in the system, and this season he spent in Tacoma. In 209 plate appearances, he owns a .209/.336/.469 line with 12 home runs and eight stolen bases. As he had for most of his time in the minor leagues, Wilson showed some strength, speed, and great awareness of the strike zone on work outings with a nearly 15% lead. However, he combined these promising tools with troubling fears of missing his entire time in professional ball, and he has again lost more than a third of his matches for Tacoma this season.
Wilson has experience in all three outfields, but has spent most of this season in right field. This is where Trammell spent most of the year hitting .235/.323/.457 in over 32 games. Unfortunately, the 24-year-old suffered a hamstring strain during yesterday’s competition. This is Trammell’s second, as he spent about six weeks in the IL minor league earlier this season with the same injury. Whether his current strain is as severe as the one he suffered in April is unclear, but he at least needs some time on the shelf.
Sailors expect to rely on some combination Justin Upton, Dylan Moore and Wilson to cover right field for the next few weeks. Vernissage right fielder Mitch Haniger out of action since late April with a high ankle sprain. He recently started playing baseball but has yet to go through minor league rehab; Haniger has stated that he hopes to return to the big leagues during the All-Star Break.
Seattle could choose to revoke Jarred Kelenick, which was optioned six weeks ago when Trammell was raised by M. Kelenich responded with a strong .295/0.340/0.576 in Tacoma, but he struck out with an alarming 27.7% while only going by a 5.7% lead. The organization clearly thinks the 22-year-old would be better off if he continued to struggle with high second-innings — he only had 30 career Triple-A games this season — rather than returning to the Majors to hold right field until Haniger . healthy.
Murphy, meanwhile, has been out of action since May 7 after dislocating his left shoulder while trying to tag home plate. It later failed and Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times rebroadcast last week that he would need surgery at the end of the season. This makes today’s translation of IL nothing more than a formality.
It’s clearly a disappointing end to the year for Murphy, who only managed to play in 14 games. The 31-year-old performed extremely well in this limited area and looked like he was once again a viable No. 1 option for the Mariners. Murphy had a stellar .273/.324/.535 record when he played just under half of the team’s games in 2019, but he missed the entire following season with a broken left leg. Murphy returned last season but posted a less than inspiring .202/.304/.350 record in 325 trips to the plate.
Murphy’s efforts to restore the season are cut short by a shoulder problem. He’s playing for $1.575 million this season after avoiding arbitration. The sailors will be able to keep him through this process for the last time in 2023. Whether they do so depends on the long-term prognosis of his recovery. Murphy’s shortened season won’t earn him much of a raise over his modest salary this year, but it’s possible Seattle is looking for a new starting catcher next winter given his recent injury issues.
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