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Jorge Polanco looks set to return from the injured list, but will he make the team?

Jorge Polanco looks set to return from the injured list, but will he make the team?

Jorge Polanco looks set to return from the injured list, but will he make the team?

Seattle Mariners second baseman Jorge Polanco is reportedly ready to return from his hamstring injury, but it remains to be seen when they will actually bring him back.

The following comes from fantasy baseball portal Rotowire:

Polanco (hamstring) had a complete game plate appearance as the designated hitter in Triple-A Tacoma’s win over Las Vegas on Wednesday, going 1-for-4 with a walk and a run.

Polanco has now played two rehab games with Single-A Everett and two games with Triple-A Tacoma and has reached base in all of them. In addition, he did just about everything the team wanted him to do: played as many as seven innings of defense at second base, pitched a complete game at DH, and showed he could play back-to-back games.

However, given that he is hitting just .195 at the major league level, the team may opt to keep him in Triple-A to better find his swing and get into a rhythm. Furthermore, with the M’s set to face potentially three left-handed starters this weekend in Miami, they may think it’s better to start Ryan Bliss in those games and opt to bring him back on Polanco next week against Tampa Bay.

The overwhelming assumption is that Polanco will take Bliss’ spot when he’s ready to return, but there’s a chance the M’s will send first baseman Tyler Locklear to make room for him as well.

Seattle will face a Marlins team that is among the worst in baseball this weekend.

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