When a team struggles the way the Mariners have struggled the past two weeks, moves are to be expected and on Friday in New York, the moves came. Among them, Jarred Kelenic, who was slashing .140/.219/.291, was sent down to Tacoma for the second time in his young career.

Mariners make 8 roster moves, including demoting Kelenic to Tacoma

On his weekly show on Seattle Sports on Thursday morning, Jerry Dipoto hinted that such a move could be made when discussing the challenges with the current 40-man roster.

“We have to figure out how because we have a number of players that need it and we have to do the best we can to get them in a better place,” he said. “It’s never something you want to view through the lens of being punitive; you want to help and find a way to get back to a good place where your process is good. We were able to do it a week ago with Matt Brash, and there are a few more guys that we would like to get into that situation and we have to find a way.”

Kelenic had attempted to make changes at the big league level, but the adjustments he made did not yield the desired results. He now finds himself in a position familiar to even some of the best hitters in the game. The environment, however, different.

Struggling in your first, second or third go around in the big leagues is nothing new in baseball, but the challenges hitters are facing in 2022 is. It is a topic Mike Blowers addressed on the Mariners Postgame Show earlier this week.

“I think it’s not even in the same area code right now, period,” he said when asked how different the pitching was from 10 …read more

Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports


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