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Luis Sardinas returns, Chris Taylor departs, Ketel Marte continues to ice regularly.

Welcome back, to the Land of Hugs
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Baseball is a silly game, with a bevy of silly rules. One of those rules is that if a player is sent to the minor leagues, he cannot be recalled to the major leagues until ten days have passed. I don't feel like looking this up but for now I'm going to assume this rule was enacted by Branch Rickey, who was, despite his many notable and worthwhile contributions to the game, an amazing and legendary cheap ass. So, I dunno, maybe this rule made it easier to plan out cheaper Greyhound tickets or something. LAST MINUTE TRAVEL AIN'T CHEAP!

Anyways, so it came to pass that when the Mariners did a smart thing and sent Luis Sardinas to Tacoma to play everyday, a dumb thing happened immediately afterwards and Ketel Marte went on the DL. As such, the team was forced to re-call Chris Taylor and, while I have no personal issue with Taylor, his stay in Seattle was kind of like that moment in Finding Nemo when Marlin exits the East Australian Current and WOAH THIS THING IS FAST AND I DO NOT KNOW WHICH DIRECTION IS UP.

And lo, on the 10th day:

I feel for Chris Taylor, I really do. The guy was an up and in fastball in Arizona from possibly being the team's 2015 starting shortstop. His primary competition that year was traded away and still he's stuck buried on the depth chart below two younger, more athletic shortstops.

The whole purpose of moving Sardinas to Tacoma in the first place was to get him regular playing time. Now he can do that at the major league level, at least however long it take for Ketel Marte's stupid thumb to heal. This also allows Shawn O'Malley to slide into his best suited role as late inning defensive replacement and/or pinch runner.

With Marte's return timeline up in the air this is the right move. Sardinas is the organization's second best shortstop, and now has a chance to prove he's a major league starter, even if the chances of that being in Seattle are relatively small.

For Chris Taylor, the always demanding mental side of professional baseball has now presented him with what I'd speculate is his biggest challenge. In his one start he made two crucial errors, and struck out twice. Failure in baseball is a bedrock experience, but the game rarely supplies so much in such a short period of time, only to instantly affirm that failure with a demotion. I'll be rooting for him to overcome it, and prove that he's still the player that only sixteen month ago was fighting to break the Opening Day roster.