Hot-hitting Corey Hart out of lineup today due to illness

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The only thing that can slow Corey Hart down? His immune system, apparently.

According to Audrey Snyder of MLB.com, Hart is out of the starting lineup for today’s game against the Giants due to illness.

Nyjer Morgan will take his place in right field and bat eighth against left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, though Hart could be available off the bench.

Hart is batting .311/.373/.623 with a .996 OPS over his last 16 games. He has four home runs and nine RBI in 17 plate appearances this week after entering Monday’s action with zero homers and one RBI over his first 81 plate appearances.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.