Some suspicion was raised by 1B/DH Dan Vogelbach’s absence from Tacoma’s lineup last night, assuming he was either traded or being promoted, and now we’ve got an answer.
#Mariners recall INF Daniel Vogelbach and OF John Andreoli from AAA Tacoma. RHP Mike Morin has been outrighted to AAA Tacoma.— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) July 20, 2018
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The addition of Vogelbach, who was leading the PCL in OBP (.456) and OPS (1.038) at the time of his promotion, could potentially look a little different than his last stints with the club when he was recalled for five and six days, receiving just six and two at-bats respectively. With everyday first baseman Ryon Healy’s struggling to a 41 wRC+ in July and now having dethroned Andrew Romine for the leadin negative fWAR at -0.5 and Vogelbach surging—he’s slashing .393/.507/.607 with matching BB% and K%’s at 18.8%—could be in line for an extended opportunity.
Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times added that a position player could just be up for a one-day stint with RHP Felix Hernandez scheduled to start tomorrow vs. the White Sox, but currently still on the disabled list, with Andreoli seeming like the obvious candidate. A start at first base tonight for Vogelbach against Chicago right-hander James Shields could indicate a changing of guard at the position, as Healy has actually been better against RHP’s (105 wRC+) than he has facing LHP’s (75 wRC+) this year.
Morin is ticketed back to Tacoma after making three appearances with the Mariners, surrendering three earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six.