The Seattle Mariners just promoted infielder Nick Franklin and outfielder James Jones from Triple-A Tacoma. According to a report from MLB.com on Wednesday (April 16), Logan Morrison was placed on the disabled list to make room for Franklin on the 25-man roster. Franklin will start against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday as the designated hitter and will bat sixth in the lineup.
It was hard to keep Franklin down at Triple-A with the success he has already been having this season. Through 11 games with Tacoma, he has posted a .395 batting average with four home runs and 13 RBIs. He has only been playing at shortstop and second base, but there have been thoughts that he could end up seeing some time in the outfield for the Mariners.
A report from baseball analyst Ryan Divish states that pitcher Blake Beavan is also heading to the disabled list and that Jones will take his spot on the roster. Jones will give the team an immediate pinch running threat and a guy that could steal some bases in the upcoming interleague games. He did really well for the team in Spring Training, but Stephen Romero ended up securing the final outfield slot.
Shortstop Brad Miller hasn't taken an inning off this season, so it's also possible that Franklin could give him some rest by playing the position a few times in the coming weeks. He will still be batting second against Yu Darvish on Wednesday night and there is certainly a push for him to do better at the plate. Having Franklin on the roster at the same time should be all the incentive he needs to improve his batting average.
The lineup for April 16 is quite interesting after Abraham Almonte, Miller, and Robinson Cano in the first three spots. Kyle Seager is at cleanup, followed by Michael Saunders, Franklin, Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackley, and Mike Zunino. Taking the mound for the Mariners is Felix Hernandez as he looks to improve to 4-0 on the season.