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Mariners activate Gordon from IL, option Court

Haniger, Bishop, Altavilla nearing rehab assignments
@gregjohnsmlb
August 10, 2019

SEATTLE -- The Mariners chose not send Dee Gordon out on a Minor League rehab assignment, instead reinstating the veteran second baseman from the 10-day injured list directly to the big league club prior to Saturday’s game against the Rays. Rookie utility man Ryan Court was optioned to Tacoma to

SEATTLE -- The Mariners chose not send Dee Gordon out on a Minor League rehab assignment, instead reinstating the veteran second baseman from the 10-day injured list directly to the big league club prior to Saturday’s game against the Rays.

Rookie utility man Ryan Court was optioned to Tacoma to open a spot for Gordon, who had been sidelined since July 23 with a left quad strain.

The 31-year-old Gordon has hit .280 with 16 stolen bases in 77 games this season, but has missed 33 games during two stints on the IL with a bruised left wrist and the quad strain.

Court, who made his MLB debut on July 26 as a 31-year-old rookie, hit his first home run in Friday’s 5-3 loss. He batted .235 with five RBIs in 17 at-bats in eight games, while filling in at both first base and the outfield.

Haniger nears rehab assignment

Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger, sidelined the past 10 weeks by a ruptured testicle, is tentatively slated to begin a Minor League rehab stint on Tuesday with Class A Advanced Modesto, manager Scott Servais said Saturday.

Haniger is expected to need a week or more of games to regain his timing and conditioning, but that would potentially have him on line to rejoin the Mariners toward the end of their upcoming nine-game road trip or after they return to Seattle on Aug. 23.

He’ll likely hook up with Triple-A Tacoma when the Rainiers return from a road trip in New Orleans on Aug. 15.

• Center fielder Braden Bishop, who had surgery on a lacerated spleen about the same time as Haniger got hurt in early June, is on the same basic schedule and could also begin a rehab stint early next week, though Servais wasn’t sure where he’d be headed yet.

• Reliever Dan Altavilla, who has been sidelined five weeks by a strained right forearm, will begin a rehab stint on Sunday with Class A Short Season Everett. He’s expected to throw an inning and will likely need at least three or four outings before any potential return.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.