The Mariners Wednesday recalled 1B/OF Logan Morrison from a rehab assignment, activated him from the 15-day disabled list, and placed 1B Justin Smoak on the 15-day DL with a strained left quad retroactive to June 10. Morrison Wednesday night was to start at first base and bat fifth in the second of three games against the Yankees.
Morrison, 26, hit .308 (20×65) with 13 runs, two doubles, three home runs, eight RBIs and a .893 OPS in 18 games during his rehab assignment. He was pulled from the April 14 game against the Rangers prior to the bottom of the first inning (starting in right field) with a strained right hamstring. In eight games, he hit .150 (3×20).
Smoak, 27, appeared in Seattle’s first 63 games. He hit .208 (45×216) with 26 runs, 12 doubles, seven home runs and 29 RBIs. Prior to missing Tuesday night’s game, he had not started four of the previous five, but had been used as a defensive replacement twice.
The Mariners seek their sixth win in seven games. RHP Chris Young (5-3, 3.42) will pitch for Seattle opposite Masahiro Tanaka (9-1, 2.02).