Mariners recall Sardinas, option Taylor

Mariners recall Sardinas, option Taylor

SEATTLE -- The Mariners recalled infielder Luis Sardinas from Triple-A Tacoma and inserted him at shortstop for Wednesday night's series finale against the A's, as general manager Jerry Dipoto continued juggling the roster after last weekend's injury to Ketel Marte.

Sardinas went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run in the Mariners' 13-3 win.

Chris Taylor was optioned back to Tacoma after a three-day stint. Taylor was recalled on Sunday after Marte sprained his left thumb in Saturday's victory over the Reds in Cincinnati, but the 25-year-old committed two costly errors that led to four unearned runs in the eighth inning of a 5-0 loss on Monday.

Semien reaches on error

"We had Luis ahead of Chris at the end of Spring Training," manager Scott Servais said. "Luis didn't get a chance to play, so we sent him down and now he's got some at-bats under his belt and is playing very well. Let's go with the guy we originally thought was the best fit there. Chris will be back, he'll get another opportunity, no doubt. But this is the way we're going right now."

Taylor went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in his one start and he saw action as a pinch-runner in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Oakland, but he'll now rejoin Tacoma, where he hit .294 in 39 games before his brief stint with the Mariners.

"I hate to pull the plug on a guy for one game, but we have to do what's best for our team and what's best for Chris," Servais said. "He needs to get over the hump at the big league level. He knows that. The only way to do that is at the big league level, I also get that. But where we're at right now, we've got a good club, we're in first place and we just thought it was best to go with Luis."

Sardinas opened the season as Seattle's utility infielder, but the 23-year-old was sent down on May 15 after hitting just .154 with one homer and two RBIs in 26 at-bats over 12 games in the first six weeks of the season.

Sardinas batted .406 (13-for-32) with a double, four RBIs and two stolen bases in eight games for Tacoma.

"Playing every day, I got more comfortable," Sardinas said. "That's what I needed."

Shawn O'Malley, who took Sardinas' spot on the active roster 10 days ago, remains with the team and will continue to get some time at shortstop as well. He has the ability to play any of the infield spots as well as be a late-innings defensive replacement in the outfield.

"We'll mix in Shawn," Servais said. "With his ability to play the outfield and fill in there, it helps in that regard. Luis is more of a pure shortstop, but he will not just play every day and go from there. I think Shawn has done a really nice job and we'll continue to work him in there."

Meanwhile, Marte continues rehabbing his thumb and remains on target to return when his DL stint is up on June 6, which is the start of Seattle's next homestand.

"It's progressing," Servais said. "The full range of motion is back in the thumb. The swelling is out. We're hoping to maybe sometime this weekend get a bat in his hand off the tee and start getting that going. He's definitely moving in the right direction."

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.