BY SPNW Staff 12:43PM 03/12/2016

Mariners claim C Brantly, send RHP Cook to DL

The Mariners Saturday claimed catcher Rob Brantly off waivers from the Chicago White Sox and made room for him on the 40-man roster by placing RHP Ryan Cook on the 60-day disabled list with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound left-handed-hitting Brantly appeared in the majors with Miami (2012-13) as well as the White Sox (2015).

In 112 career MLB games, Brantly is a .225 hitter (80-for-356) with a .286 on-base percentage.

Brantley, 26, fractured his left thumb in spring training last year, and opened the season on the disabled list. He returned to action May 28, appearing in 30 games with AA Birmingham and 23 with AAA Charlotte. He combined to hit .310 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs. Brantly was recalled to the White Sox Sept. 1, appearing in 14 games.

Brantly was signed by Detroit after being selected in the third round of the 2010 draft. He was acquired by Miami from Detroit, along with Jacob Turner and Brian Flynn, in exchange for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante in 2012. He was claimed off waivers from Miami by the White Sox in 2014.

In six minor league seasons, Brantly hit .274 with 83 doubles, six triples, 29 home runs and 202 RBIs in 436 games. He has a career minor league .321 on-base percentage with a .387 slugging mark.

Cook, 28, appeared in one game this spring, tossing a shutout inning vs. San Diego March 2. He has not pitched since. He signed with Seattle as a free agent Jan. 7.

Mariners re-assign 3 to minor-league camp

The Mariners Saturday night assigned three players — LHPs Brad Mills and Danny Hultzen and OF Mike Baxter — to their minor league camp. The moves leave the Mariners with 58 players in their MLB camp, including 40 roster players, 16 non-roster invitees and two players on the 60-day disabled list.


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