Halman back in Majors; plays 4th game
SEATTLE, Washington / CHICAGO, Illinois / DETROIT, Michigan (USA) -
Dutch outfielder Greg Halman is back in the Majors!
After being sidelined for six weeks with a fractured left hand, Halman was activated from the Disabled List on May 28, then played five games for the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) and was recalled to the Major League-team of the Seattle Mariners on June 2.
Since then, Halman played in four games for the Mariners and is doing great.
On Thursday-evening, June 9, Halman went 1-for-4 and scored the lone run for the Mariners on a wild pitch in a 4-1 loss at the Detroit Tigers.
Halman's basehit was his seventh in the four games he played so far in the big league.
After spending Spring Training with the Mariners, Halman started the season again with Tacoma.
But on April 10, in the fourth game of the season, Halman was hit by a pitch on his left hand and suffered a fracture.
Doctors placed a metal plate and screws in his wrist and he was out for six weeks after having played in only four games.
On May 28, he was activated again and the next day, he hit a homerun in his first at bat.
Since activated, Halman played in five games for Tacoma and on June 2, he was called up by the Mariners, replacing Michael Saunders on the big league-roster.
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
On June 5, Halman was the starting centerfielder and batted ninth in his first game this season for the Mariners in a home game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
And he had a fine debut, as he hit 3-for-4 and scored a run.
In the seventh inning, with two outs, he hit a 2-run triple that gave the Mariners a 5-3 lead.
The M's eventually won the game 9-6.
The next day, Halman played again, this time in the first game of a series at the Chicago White Sox.
And again, he collected three basehits, this time hitting 3-for-3.
He also scored the lone run for Seattle in a 3-1 loss.
After not playing in the second game, on Wednesday, Halman entered the third game vs. the White Sox in the eighth inning as leftfielder and put down a sacrifice bunt in the 10th inning in which the Mariners scored three runs to win 7-4.
Then, on Thursday, Halman played a complete game in the opener of a series at the Detroit Tigers and went 1-for-4, as mentioned above.
In his four games, Halman hits .636 (7-for-11), scored three runs and has two RBI's.
Last season, Halman hit 33 homeruns, had 80 RBI's and stole 15 bases for the Tacoma Rainiers, before being called up to the Mariners in September.
In his first nine games in the Major League, Halman last year batted .257 (9-for-35) with two doubles, one triple and one homerun and had three RBI's.