Mariners Recall Chris Gimenez

Sorry I couldn’t be more timely with this one; the announcement was made literally ten minutes in to my drive to SafeCo Field yesterday for the home opener.  Them’s the breaks sometimes…

Due to the knee injury of Adam Moore, the young catcher has been placed on the 60-day DL, necessitating the callup of Chris Gimenez to replace him on the roster.  Because Moore is on the 60-day DL, he’s temporarily off the 40-man roster, so no one had to be DFA’d to clear roster space for Gimenez.

The move came as a surprise to some people, as Josh Bard was widely expected to get the call to Seattle given his contributions in 2010.  However, Gimenez getting the nod isn’t that shocking.  Seattle Manager Eric Wedge knows him well from their days in Cleveland, and Gimenez offers some defensive utility, which could come in handy for the team in the coming weeks. 

To fill Gimenez’s spot on the Rainiers’ roster, the Mariners re-assigned Jose Yepez from AA Jackson, and replaced his spot on the Generals’ squad with High Desert’s Ralph Henriquez.  Yepez has yet to make an appearance this year; Henriquez played in High Desert’s opener, going 1-4 with a double and two strikeouts.

No roster move has been made as of yet to replace Henriquez on High Desert’s roster, but if Ji-Man Choi isn’t given the job (he’s apparently a little dinged up, which is why his assignment has been delayed), either one of Clinton’s catchers will be called up to fill the gap, or another catcher in Extended Spring Training will get the nod, possibly Keanu Carmichael. UPDATE: Andrew Giobbi has been assigned to High Desert from camp.

The Organizational Depth Chart has been updated to reflect the transactions.

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