Jorge Polanco is apparently looking to be activated by the Mariners on Monday

Jorge Polanco is apparently looking to be activated by the Mariners on Monday

Even after hitting two home runs for Triple-A Tacoma on Friday night, it appears the Seattle Mariners won’t activate second baseman Jorge Polanco from the injured list until Monday at the earliest.

Polanco is back in the lineup for the Rainiers on Saturday, and given the distance between Tacoma and Miami, it looks like he might not make it to Miami in time to be activated for Sunday’s series finale against the Miami Marlins.

However, it seems conceivable that he could fly out to meet Tampa Bay for Monday’s series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Saturday is the sixth game on the rehab list for Polanco, who hasn’t played since May 26 with a hamstring problem, and the team is likely taking advantage of more opportunities to make sure he’s healthy enough to return . Plus, Polanco is hitting just .195 this season, so maybe they’re giving him more rehab games to make sure his timing is right.

When they bring him back, they need to make sure he’s the player they acquired this offseason in a big trade with the Minnesota Twins. Polanco is a lifetime .265 hitter who is extremely underperforming, and maybe this rehab stint can give him some confidence at the plate again.

When Polanco returns, the prevailing thought was that Ryan Bliss would be sent down, but with Bliss now hitting .283, he may work his way into a more permanent spot on the roster.

The Mariners and Marlins wrap up the series on Sunday at 10:40 a.m. PT.

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