The Mariners made the roster move everyone expected, placing Franklin Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
To replace him on the roster, they called up outfielder Carlos Peguero from Triple A Tacoma.
Peguero, 26, was batting .246 (15×61) with 11 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 14 RBI in 17 games for the Tacoma Rainiers. He has drawn 11 walks in 17 games for a .351 on-base percentage. In 63 games with the Mariners in 2011-2012, Peguero combined to bat .191 (38×199) with 8 home runs and 26 RBI.
It’s a little surprising that the Mariners didn’t call up outfielder Eric Thames instead of Peguero. Thames is tearing the cover off the ball in Tacoma. He’s hitting .347 (26-for-75) with four doubles, a triple and four homers with 10 RBI. He has a .449 on-base percentage thanks to 13 walks. He’s struck out 20 times, but has a slugging percentage of .587.
Obviously, Thames is playing better than Peguero. But manager Eric Wedge has always been enamored with Peguero’s power to drive the baseball, and somewhat overlooking his tendency to not actually hit the baseball. Wedge is not enamored with Thames’ play in the outfield. To be fair, he’s right. Thames is not a good outfielder, and it’s something he has been ordered to improve in Tacoma. But let’s be clear, Peguero is far from Willie Mays. He’s actually a sub-par defender as well.
So I guess Wedge will give us his reasons later this afternoon.
While people joke about strikeout records and such, it is possible that Peguero is only up for a few days. Michael Saunders is eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday.