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Mariners place catcher Mike Zunino on 10-day DL

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By Seattle Mariners

Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

· David Freitas, C, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
· Mike Zunino, C, placed on the 10-day Disabled List with left ankle bone bruise.

Freitas (#36) will be in uniform and available for tonight’s (7:10 pm PT) game vs. the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.

Freitas, 29, is appearing in his 3rd stint with Seattle this year: March 30?—?May 27 and May 30?—?June 18. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound catcher is batting .217 (13x60) with 7 runs, 4 doubles, 3 RBI and 7 walks in 23 games over his first 2 stints with the Mariners this season. After being optioned to Tacoma on June 18, Freitas hit safely in each of the 10 games he appeared with the Rainiers, batting .472 (17x36) with 3 runs scored, 4 doubles, 5 RBI and 5 walks. His 10-game hitting streak is the longest by a Rainiers player this season. Overall in 12 games over 2 stints with the Rainiers in 2018, he hit .395 (17x43) with 3 runs scored, 4 doubles, 5 RBI and 5 walks.

Freitas was claimed off waivers by Seattle from Atlanta on October 27, 2017. In parts of 2 Major League seasons with the Braves (2017) and Mariners (2018), he is batting .221 (17x77) with 9 runs, 6 doubles, 5 RBI and 7 walks in 29 games. He was originally selected by Washington in the 15th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of the University of Hawaii?—?Manoa.

Zunino, 27, was placed on the 10-day disabled list today with a left ankle bone bruise. Zunino has appeared in 60 games with the Mariners this season, batting .189 (38x201) with 20 runs scored, 7 doubles, 12 home runs, 29 RBI, 6 HBP and 11 walks. Among all qualifying catchers this season, he ranks 5th in the Majors with a 32.3% caught stealing percentage (21 SB, 10 CS), trailing only Salvador Perez-KC (45.8%), Martin Maldonado-LAA (40.9%), Jorge Alfaro-PHI (34.0%) and J.T. Realmuto-MIA (33.3%). Zunino opened the season on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique, March 30 (retroactive to March 27)-April 19. His stint on the disabled list included a rehabilitation assignment with high-A Modesto from April 16–19.

The native of Cape Coral, Fla., has spent his entire seven-year professional career in the Mariners organization after being selected by the club with the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Florida. In parts of 5 Major League seasons with the Mariners, he has belted 87 career home runs, 2nd-most in club history by a primary catcher (Dan Wilson, 88). This marks Zunino’s third trip to the disabled list in his career and prior to this season the first since sustaining a fractured left hamate bone in 2013 (on DL 7/26–9/2).

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