Peguero returns to Seattle with new approach at plate

Former Mariner struggled to stay in big leagues over 3 seasons

Peguero returns to Seattle with new approach at plate

SEATTLE -- Carlos Peguero returned to Safeco Field on Friday, this time with the Rangers. Peguero said he was happy to be back, even though Safeco was tough for him during his time with the Mariners.

Peguero was a top power prospect for the Mariners but never hit well enough to stay in the Major Leagues. In parts of three seasons from 2011-13, he hit .195 with a .242 on-base percentage and a .380 slugging percentage in 65 games. At Safeco he hit .183 with a .358 slugging percentage.

"Sometimes everybody gets a little frazzled because the ball doesn't fly here," Peguero said. "I don't think about that, you play the game and if the ball goes out, it goes."

Peguero's biggest problem with the Mariners was racking up big strikeout totals. He has struck out 93 times in 247 Major League plate appearances. That's a rate of one strikeout for every 2.66 plate appearances, which is the highest for any American League player with at least 200 at-bats since pitchers stopped hitting in 1973.

He has four strikeouts in 18 plate appearances in five games this season since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. He is also 5-for-13 with three doubles.

"I've changed a lot of things," Peguero said. "You make adjustments the longer you play. I had to understand my game, sometimes the pitcher is not going to throw you a strike or give up a mistake. I have to look for my pitch and if it's not there, don't try to hit the pitcher's pitch."

Worth noting:

• The Rangers activated reliever Tanner Scheppers off the disabled list. He has been sidelined since the start of the season because of a sprained right ankle. Manager Jeff Banister said Scheppers will go back into his eighth-inning setup role although he could alternate assignments with Shawn Tolleson.

• Scheppers gives the Rangers an eight-man bullpen with just four starters. The Rangers won't need a fifth starter until April 28.

Adrian Beltre went into Friday having played in 150 straight games for the Rangers. That's the fourth-longest active streak in the Majors behind Evan Longoria (252), Freddie Freeman (175) and Alcides Escobar (171).

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.