Utilityman Shawn O’Malley is finally, and officially, healthy after spending four-plus months on the disabled list.
The Mariners activated O’Malley, 29, from the 60-day disabled list Friday and optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma, where he shifted Thursday for the final game of his rehab assignment.
To clear space for O’Malley on the 40-man roster, the Mariners executed another paper transaction by sending right-handed pitcher Christian Bergman to the Rainiers on an outright assignment after he cleared waivers.
Bergman, 29, had been pitching for Tacoma on an optional assignment after making eight big-league starts earlier in the season. He is 8-3 with a 5.10 ERA in 13 starts for the Rainiers.
O’Malley underwent an emergency appendectomy in March and opened the season on the 10-day disabled list. During the early stages of his recovery, he was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right shoulder.
That prompted a May 2 move to shift O’Malley to the 60-day disabled list. He began his rehab assignment July 7 in the Arizona Rookie League, where he spent five games before shifting July 24 to Double-A Arkansas for eight games.
O’Malley went 14 for 45 with 13 walks in his 14 rehab games for a .311 average and a .475 on-base percentage. He batted .229 last season in 89 big-league games with two homers and 17 RBIs.
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