Rumblings over the past few days had indicated that the Seattle Mariners were poised to recall Nick Franklin from triple-A, and on Tuesday, the decision was made for them. The open spot was created when the team was forced to place power-hitting DH/OF Corey Hart on the disabled list as a result of a hamstring issue.
#Mariners place DH Corey Hart on the DL with a left hamstring strain. Nick Franklin recalled from AAA Tacoma.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) May 20, 2014
Losing the 32-year-old Hart to the disabled list could be a significant blow to Seattle, simply because of his power potential from the right side of the plate. For the season, Hart is only hitting .209/.295/.353 with five home runs, but he is a player who has topped 20 home runs on five separate occasions throughout his career, and the Mariners are in desperate need of that power.
In the case of Franklin, the former uber-prospect has been shifted to the outfield in an effort to get him more time amid concerns about his defense, and he has raked while in the minor leagues to the tune of a .376/.481/.633 slash line in 133 plate appearances. To this point, Franklin has never flashed that type of bat in the Majors, but if his confidence has been restored, Seattle could be in for a breakout.