The Mariners have recalled Justin Upton before tonight’s game against the Angels. Utilityman Sam Haggerty has been optioned to Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move. Upton, who signed a one-year deal with Seattle last month, is in position to make his M’s debut tonight against his former team.
Upton will step right in against his former club. The Angels made the somewhat surprising decision to release the four-time All-Star coming out Spring Training, electing to turn the corner outfield over to Brandon Marsh and Taylor Ward. The decision has panned out, as Ward has been one of the sport’s top breakout performers. Marsh has cooled after a hot start but is one of the sport’s better defenders in left field.
After being cut loose, Upton lingered on the open market for a while. He eventually signed a big league deal with a Seattle club that lost Mitch Haniger to injury and seen Jarred Kelenic perform poorly enough to be optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma. He took some time at the team’s Arizona complex and with the Rainiers to get into game shape, but he’s now apparently ready for his first MLB action of the 2022 season. He’ll pair with the lefty-hitting Taylor Trammell and Jesse Winker in the corner outfield mix.