Taylor being recalled to take Bloomquist’s spot
Infielder Chris Taylor will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday in time to join the Mariners as they open a four-game series with the A’s, while veteran utility man Willie Bloomquist has been designated for assignment.
Taylor, 24, will be rejoining the Mariners for the second time this season. He played 20 games at shortstop earlier this year but put up just a .159/.221/.206 line and was optioned back to Tacoma. Rainiers manager Pat Listach told The News Tribune that Taylor was being promoted after he was pulled from Tacoma’s game on Wednesday night.
Taylor hit .287 in 47 games as a rookie in 2014 and is regarded as a strong defender. He batted .289 with nine doubles, four triples, two home runs and 16 RBIs in 48 games for Tacoma.
Bloomquist, 37, is a 14-year Major League veteran who is in his second stint with the Mariners team that drafted him in 1999 and gave him his start in the Majors from 2002-08. The versatile Bloomquist is a career .269 hitter in 1,055 Major League games, but has hit just .159 with one double and four RBIs in 69 at-bats over 35 games this season.
Bloomquist signed back with Seattle on a two-year, $5.8 million deal last year and hit .278 in 47 games in 2014 before missing the final month following knee surgery. He is being paid $3 million this season.
Bloomquist wound up playing 622 games over nine years with Seattle, his hometown team after growing up in Bremerton, Wash., and attending South Kitsap High before going on to Arizona State University.
He played just 12 games as a late-season call-up in 2002, then began his versatile career in earnest in 2003 when he played at all four infield positions as well as left field and designated hitter. In his career – which also included stints with the Royals, D-backs and Reds – Bloomquist appeared in 339 games in the outfield, 305 at shortstop, 142 at third base, 141 at second, 47 at first and 46 at DH.