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Mariners activate O'Malley, send him to Triple-A

Reliever Bergman outrighted to Tacoma, off 40-man roster
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KANSAS CITY -- Mariners utility man Shawn O'Malley, who has been recovering from surgery on his right shoulder since Spring Training, was activated off the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.

The move puts O'Malley back on the Mariners' 40-man roster. To open a roster spot, right-handed pitcher Christian Bergman cleared waivers and was outrighted to Tacoma, which means he's no longer on the 40-man, but remains with the Rainiers.

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KANSAS CITY -- Mariners utility man Shawn O'Malley, who has been recovering from surgery on his right shoulder since Spring Training, was activated off the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.

The move puts O'Malley back on the Mariners' 40-man roster. To open a roster spot, right-handed pitcher Christian Bergman cleared waivers and was outrighted to Tacoma, which means he's no longer on the 40-man, but remains with the Rainiers.

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O'Malley played his first rehab game with Tacoma on Thursday and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 10-4 loss to Memphis. The 29-year-old previously played eight rehab games for Double-A Arkansas, where he started out going 1-for-19 before a 6-for-9 finish raised his average to .250 with one home run and three RBIs. He also hit .385 (5-for-13) in five games for the Rookie-level Arizona League Mariners.

The Kennewick, Wash., native played in 89 games for Seattle last season, hitting .229/.299/.319 with two homers and 17 RBIs while starting games at second, short and third base as well as all three outfield positions.

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Bergman has spent most of the season with Tacoma, but the 29-year-old also appeared in nine games (eight starts) for Seattle, going 4-4 with a 5.44 ERA. He is 8-3 with a 5.10 ERA in 13 starts with Tacoma.

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

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