Mariners demote Jarred Kelenic to minors after poor start

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NEW YORK (AP), Jarred Kelenic, who was not able to make his Citi Field debut against the trade team, was moved by the Seattle Mariners to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. This happened after the team arrived in New York for a weekend series with the Mets.

The 22-year old outfielder hit.140 with three homers, 10 RBIs, and played in 30 games.

Scott Servais, Mariners manager, said Kelenic wasn’t happy.

Servais stated that players shouldn’t be expected to be happy when things don’t go their way. He’s not off to the best of starts, but I think he is very mature. He understands his situation. He understands that he is a key part of our offense and how we are built out. He wants it to happen as quickly as possible, but he knows he may need to take a step back to create an environment that will allow him to do so.

The Mariners made eight roster moves after a start of 14-18. Sergio Romo, right-handed relief pitcher, was activated from the 10-day injury list after he had been sidelined by right shoulder inflammation since April 11. Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was also selected from Tacoma. Mike Ford reported from San Francisco the day after he was reacquired. Adrian Sampson was claimed from waivers by the Chicago Cubs.

Danny Young, left-hander, and Stuart Fairchild, outfielder, were optioned by the Raniers. Yohan Ramirez and Fairchild were then designated for assignment.

Ford and Souza were both in the starting lineup against Mets.

New York selected Kelenic sixth in the 2018 amateur draft. He was traded to Mariners in December as part of the deal that brought Edwin Diaz to the Mets and Robinson Cano. New York released Cano last weekend.

Kelenic made his big-league debut in May 2013. He had previously played six games at Triple-A. In June, he was demoted after a 0-for-39 slide which left him with a batting average of.096. Kelenic was recalled following the All-Star break and finished his season with a.181 batting average, 14 homers, and 43 RBIs.

His highlight of the year was his pinch-hit two-run homer against Ryan Thompson in Tampa Bay on May 6. This gave the Mariners a lead of 6-5 and an 8-7 defeat. Kelenic pinch-hit in the ninth inning Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Philadelphia. He struck out against Corey Knebel, but didn’t swing at any of the four pitches he was faced.

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Servais stated, “I don’t think swing-wise. There are a lot of adjustments.” He needs to be relaxed and allow himself to have fun. When you are doing well and performing to your potential, baseball can be a great game. It can be unbelievably frustrating to realize that you are capable of so much more, but it isn’t happening for you.

Souza receives a $1million salary when he is in the major leagues. This is an increase of $192,000 when he was in the minors. In 22 games played at Tacoma, Souza was batting.267 and had five homers as well as 17 RBIs.

Servais stated that catcher Tom Murphy’s shoulder is improving, but that Murphy’s neck is still a problem. Murphy struck in the batting cage, and Murphy could be activated at the close of the 10-day trip.

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