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Mariners activate Choi, assign him to Double-A Jackson

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on June 9, 2014 at 9:20 am with No Comments »
June 9, 2014 9:27 am
First baseman Ji-Man Choi, shown here in spring training, was activated Monday by the Mariners after he completed his 50-game suspension for failing a drug test. He was assigned to Double-A Jackson. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
First baseman Ji-Man Choi, shown here in spring training, was activated Monday by the Mariners after he completed his 50-game suspension for failing a drug test. He was assigned to Double-A Jackson. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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.

 

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