Mariners demote struggling rookie Kelenic

The Mariners announced Monday afternoon that outfielder Jarred Kelenic had been optioned to Class AAA Tacoma after Sunday’s game against the Angels in Anaheim, California. He is expected to be in the Rainiers lineup for Tuesday’s game.

Kelenic, who was rated as the Mariners top prospect by and No. 4 prospect in all of baseball, was batting .096 at the MLB level with just eight hits in 92 plate appearances with eight walks and 26 strikeouts, and he was involved in an 0-for-39 stretch that included five walks and 17 strikeouts.

Infielder Shed Long Jr. was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and will take Kelenic’s place on the active roster. To make room for Long on the 40-man roster, Sam Haggerty was transferred to the 60-day injured list. (Seattle Times)

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