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Mariners Designate OF Joe Borchard

April 24, 2006

SEATTLE (AP) _ The Seattle Mariners designated outfielder Joe Borchard for assignment and recalled pitcher Clint Nageotte from Triple-A Tacoma before Sunday’s game with the Detroit Tigers.

Then, after Nageotte allowed two walks and two hits _ including the game-clinching, three-run home run to Craig Monroe in his one inning _ the Mariners optioned Nageotte back to Tacoma on Sunday night.

Seattle has 10 days to trade, release or assign Borchard to the minor leagues. The 27-year-old former Chicago White Sox first-round draft pick appeared in only six of the Mariners’ first 19 games, with two starts in center field. He was 2-for-9.

Seattle had traded left-hander Matt Thornton, its 1998 first-round choice, to Chicago for Borchard on March 20. But Jeremy Reed has since recovered from a sprained wrist and re-established himself as the Mariners’ regular center fielder. Plus, reserve outfielder Matt Lawton has returned from a 10-day suspension for testing positive for steroids.

Nageotte, 25, made his major league debut with Seattle in 2004. He is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts with Tacoma this season.

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