Veteran catcher Josh Bard has joined the Seattle Mainers and will be in the lineup, batting eighth, in today’s game with Tampa Bay.
Catcher Adam Moore goes to the disabled list and, the team discovered it didn’t have to make room on the 40-man roster for Bard.
Though the Mariners initially believed they would put Erik Bedard on the 60-day disabled list, they realized that Milton Bradley – because he is on the restricted list – doesn’t count on the 40-man roster.
In essence, Bard took Bradley’s place for now.
Bard, 32, last caught in the big leagues two years ago with the Washington Nationals, where he spent all or parts of five seasons. He’s considered a reserve catcher and has a career .259 batting average.
In 17 games with the Rainiers, the switch-hitting Bard batted .239 with four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI.
The move likely means Rob Johnson who has a tight back, will share the role of the regular catcher, a duty he shared with Moore much of the season.
Moore joins Mariners Bedard, Jack Wilson, Mark Lowe and Jack Hannahan on the DL.