Mariners bring back Kivlehan from Texas

Infielder reacquired after being squeezed off Rangers roster

Mariners bring back Kivlehan from Texas

SEATTLE -- The Mariners reacquired Minor League infielder Patrick Kivlehan from the Rangers on Sunday in a trade for a player to be named or cash. Right-hander Evan Scribner was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.

The 26-year-old Kivlehan was drafted by Seattle in the fourth round in 2012 and spent four Minor League seasons with the Mariners. He was dealt to Texas last November in a five-player swap that brought Leonys Martin and reliever Anthony Bass to the Mariners in exchange for Tom Wilhelmsen, James Jones and Kivlehan.

Kivlehan hit just .184 with 17 runs, eight doubles, one home run and 16 RBIs in 141 at-bats for Triple-A Round Rock this season before he was designated for assignment last week to open a spot on the Rangers' 40-man roster. He was ranked as Texas' 24th-best prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

Kivlehan is expected to report to Triple-A Tacoma, where the Rainiers will need to make a roster move to clear a spot for him.

While with the Mariners, the former Rutgers defensive back hit .288/.352/.481 with 70 home runs and 318 RBIs in four Minor League seasons, including .256 with 22 homers and 73 RBIs last year in his first full season in Tacoma.

Scribner, 30, has spent the entire season on the 15-day disabled list since being sidelined early in Spring Training with a strained right lat muscle. He was 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 54 appearances for the A's last year before joining the Mariners in a December trade for right-hander Trey Cochran-Gill.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com 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.