The Seattle Mariners have placed shortstop Ketel Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb.
Marte injured his thumb in Saturday’s game in Cincinnati while sliding into second base in the top of the fifth and left the game before the bottom of the inning.
Shawn O’Malley came in as the replacement Saturday and then got the start at shortstop for Sunday’s game, his first such start at the position.
To take the place of Marte on Seattle’s 25-man roster, the Mariners recalled infielder Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma. Taylor was batting .294 with 14 RBI, 14 doubles, and two home runs. In 39 games played this season in Tacoma, he has played 33 games at shortstop, three at second base, and three at third base.
As for Marte, he was starting to find his stride both at the plate and in the field, so this move comes as a bit of a setback for the everyday 22-year-old shortstop. Thus far, he is hitting .276 with 14 RBI, nine doubles, and a .307 OBP in 40 games.
Taylor has spent time at the major league level with the Mariners in parts of 2014 along with in 2015. In total, he has played in 84 games while hitting .239 with 10 RBIs in 84 games.
In the meantime, Taylor will most likely split the shortstop duties with O’Malley while Marte heals his thumb on the DL. There was a chance that Marte would avoid the DL, but the decision was ultimately made to keep the 25-man roster full of healthy players for this first place Mariners ball club.