Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports that the Mariners have demoted outfielder Abraham Almonte to Triple-A Tacoma and plan to recall James Jones.
Almonte has been struggling mightily at the plate, carrying a .540 OPS into Sunday’s game against the Astros. He did not start Sunday, but did pinch-run and stole his third base in four attempts. Manager Lloyd McClendon told Almonte, “If you play well, you’ll be back.”
Jones, 25, was playing well for Tacoma, slashing .313/.382/.450 in 90 plate appearances.