Carp placed on 15-day DL with sprained shoulder

Mike Carp was placed on the 15-day disabled list after spraining his shoulder attempting a diving catch on Wednesday. (Greg Johns/

Tough break right out of the gate for Mariners left fielder Mike Carp, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday in Tokyo after spraining his right shoulder trying to make a catch in Wednesday’s opener.

Carlos Peguero was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take his place on the roster, while Chone Figgins gets the start in left field Thursday after playing third base in the opener. Kyle Seager will start at third.

Carp, 25, suffered the injury while laying full out for a line drive by Oakland’s Kurt Suzuki in the fourth inning that turned into a double. He stayed in through the entire 11-inning game, going 0-for-4 but making several running catches later in the game.

Peguero, 25, was already with the team in Japan as part of the 30-man travel roster, but was optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday to get the Mariners to the 28-man limit for the two games in Japan.

Carp will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Peoria, Ariz., on Friday. He was one of the Mariners’ breakthrough stories last year when he hit .276 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs after being called up in midseason.

If Carp recovers quickly enough, he would be eligible to return by the Mariners home opener on April 13 against the A’s, which would mean missing the next seven games.

Peguero hit .196 in 46 games last year with six home runs and 19 RBIs. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder has a team-leading four home runs in Cactus League play this spring and has hit .256 in 43 at-bats.

Here’s the full lineup for tonight’s game, which starts at 2:04 a.m. in Seattle:

Chone Figgins LF
Dustin Ackley 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Justin Smoak 1B
Jesus Montero DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Miguel Olivo C
Michael Saunders CF
Brendan Ryan SS

Jason Vargas P

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