Infielder Nick Franklin is back with the Seattle Mariners. How long he stays with the Mariners remains to be seen.
Displaced by the arrival of Robinson Cano and the subject of trade rumors before the season, Franklin started the season in Triple-A. His return to the Mariners, as expected, was brought about due to injuries:
The Mariners recalled Franklin while placing right fielder Logan Morrison on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday, with a sore hamstring. The club also called up rookie outfielder James Jones from Tacoma and placed right-handed pitcher Blake Beavan on the DL with a sore right shoulder.”
Thrust immediately into action in the number two spot in the lineup against Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night, all Franklin did was triple in his first appearance and score a run. The play is to have Franklin give Cano a day off at second base on Thursday after serving as DH in his debut. Given the opportunities to keep it up, Franklin could fast carve out a more significant role, whether with the Mariners or another team.