According to a statement released by the club on Thursday, the Seattle Mariners have placed catcher Steve Clevenger on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured right hand. Exiting Wednesday’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to the injury, Clevenger was struck in the hand as a result of an Andrew McCutchen foul ball.
Specifically, the 30-year-old catcher sustained a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand, which could require a substantial period on the sideline in order for him to fully recover.
Clevenger exited the aforementioned contest in the third inning after encountering the unfortunate occurrence. As a result of finishing the outing without an official at bat, he will head to the 15-day disabled list sporting a .221 batting average with one home run, seven RBI and a .303 on-base percentage over the course of 22 appearances including Wednesday’s 8-1 loss to the Pirates.
Currently in the midst of his first season as a member of the Mariners, Clevenger has been serving as a backup to starter Chis Iannetta, who replaced his counterpart midway through Wednesday’s outing. Making 62 appearances himself in 2016, the 33-year-old Iannetta is batting .224 with seven home runs, 20 RBI and a .316 on-base percentage.
Upon losing Clevenger, the Mariners announced that the club has recalled right-handed pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen and catcher Mike Zunino from Triple-A Tacoma while optioning fellow right-hander Donn Roach down to Triple-A Tacoma.
The Mariners own an even 39-39 record thus far into the 2016 regular season, good for third-place in the American League West division.
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