Mariners recall Snelling from Tacoma

Mariners recall Snelling from Tacoma

SEATTLE -- The Carl Everett era in Seattle ended on Wednesday when the Mariners designated the designated hitter for assignment.

The 35-year-old Everett -- who signed a one-year contract in the offseason with a club option for the 2007 season -- hit .227 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs in 92 games.

The Mariners have 10 days to trade or release Everett, who was hitting just .179 with four home runs and nine RBIs since June 1.

In Everett's place, the Mariners recalled left-handed-hitting outfielder Chris Snelling from Triple-A Tacoma.

The 23-year-old Australian was hitting .247 with four home runs and 34 RBIs in 52 games at Tacoma this season.

Snelling will be in uniform at Safeco Field for Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Snelling started the season on the disabled list while recovering from ACL surgery on his left knee. He joined Tacoma on an injury rehabilitation assignment on May 10 and then was activated from the disabled list on May 20.

This won't be Snelling's first time in the Major Leagues. He has appeared in a combined 23 games in 2002 and 2005, hitting .214 (12-for-56).

Snelling has been saddled with injuries during his professional career. He had knee surgery to the same knee in 2002 and missed all of 2004 with various injuries to his hand, wrist and elbow.

"Our primary focus is to win games right now," Seattle general manager Bill Bavasi said. "We are a better team today with Eddie Perez, Greg Dobbs and Chris getting more at-bats in the DH spot. In addition, today's move does not preclude us from continuing to look for more offense in the trade market."