Hart goes on DL to open spot for Paxton’s return
Mariners designated hitter Corey Hart was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right knee on Saturday, which opened up a 25-man roster spot for starting pitcher James Paxton’s return.
Paxton was activated from the 60-day disabled list and will start Saturday night’s game against the Orioles at Camden Yards. The rookie left-hander has been out since April 8 with a strained left lat muscle.
Right-handed pitcher Blake Beavan was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Paxton on the 40-man roster. Beavan has been pitching for Tacoma the last few weeks after coming off the 60-day DL with a strained shoulder. He cleared waivers and will remain with the Rainiers, but no longer is on the 40-man roster.
Hart has hit .203/.278/.314 with five home runs and 20 RBIs in 58 games this season after signing a one-year deal as a free agent. The two-time National League All-Star missed all of 2013 with the Brewers after undergoing microfracture surgery on both knees.
Hart’s playing time figured to diminish with the acquisition of designated hitter Kendrys Morales and a pair of outfielders in Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Hart missed six weeks earlier in the year with a strained hamstring and has hit .194 with three doubles and three RBIs in 21 games since his return.
The Mariners still have 13 pitchers on their 25-man roster, with Paxton filling out the rotation and eight relievers currently in the bullpen.