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Out of Right Field: Roster moves aplenty

Mariners reliever Alex Colome reacts on the mound after the final out of the ninth inning in a 3-1 victory against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Colome was making his first appearance for the M’s after being acquired in a four-player trade Friday from Tampa Bay. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
By Gene Warnick The Spokesman-Review

Sure, their names are stitched on the back of their jerseys.

But the Mariners might need to consider nametags on the front as well after making seven roster moves Sunday with another due before Monday’s series opener against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field.

Something like …


My name is …


Outfielder Denard Span, acquired along with reliever Alex Colome in a trade Friday from Tampa Bay for a pair of minor-league pitchers, is expected to be in the starting lineup and in left field Monday afternoon.

As for Sunday’s transactions, here’s the list:

  • RHP Alex Colome reports to club.
  • RHP Dan Altavilla recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
  • C Chris Herrmann selected from Triple-A Tacoma.
  • C David Freitas optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.
  • RHP Nick Vincent placed on 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin.
  • 1B Daniel Vogelbach optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.
  • IF Taylor Motter designated for assignment.

It was a stunning number of moves for a team that’s one of the hottest in the major leagues and currently holds the American League’s second wild-card berth.

“Busy morning,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said.

And it didn’t include shortstop Jean Segura, who wasn’t in the lineup Sunday after being kicked in the head while trying to break up a double play at second base the night before. Segura went through the concussion protocol after Saturday’s game and said he was feeling better Sunday.

“I’ll see the doctor again,” Segura said. “After that, they’ll decide what they’re going to do. Hopefully I pass. The way we’re playing, we don’t need more guys out of the lineup. So we’ll see.”

Just in case, the Mariners summoned shortstop Zach Vincej from Tacoma in case Segura needs to go on the concussion list, but didn’t add him to the roster before the series finale against Minnesota.

Servais said after Sunday’s 3-1 victory against Minnesota that Segura had been cleared to work out Monday and could be back in the starting lineup.