The Mariners, as expected, activated first baseman Ji-Man Choi from suspended list Monday once he completed his 50-game suspension, which resulted from a drug test that revealed steroids.
Choi, 23, was assigned to Double-A Jackson prior to Monday’s game at Birmingham (White Sox).
To clear space on the 40-man roster, the Mariners transferred left-hander James Paxton to the 60-day disabled list from the 15-day list.
It’s a paper move; Paxton has already served 60 days and remains eligible to be activated at any time. He was scheduled to begin throwing catch Monday in his recovery from a sore shoulder.
Choi was off to a strong start at Triple-A Tacoma prior to his April 17 suspension — batting .394 with 18 total bases in 40 plate appearances over 10 games.