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Mariners recall OF Wladimir Balentien from Triple-A Tacoma
08/05/2008 6:26 PM ET
SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Lee Pelekoudas announced today that the Mariners have designated Jose Vidro for assignment. To take his spot on the Major League, 25-man roster, the club has recalled outfielder Wladimir Balentien from AAA Tacoma.

Balentien will be in uniform and available for tonight's 7:10 p.m. game vs. the Minnesota Twins. Seattle now has 10 days to trade, release, option or assign Vidro outright to the minors.

"We appreciate all of Jose's hard work and professionalism," Pelekoudas said. "We wanted to have every opportunity to try and trade him. Even though that opportunity may still exist, now that we've passed the July 31 deadline it was important for us to continue our transition into a club that is looking towards the 2009 season, even as we try to win as many games as possible this season."

Balentien, 24, will be in his second stint with the Mariners this season. He batted .196 (21-for-107) with 4 doubles and 4 home runs in 32 games from April 30-June 16. In 44 games after being optioned back to AAA Tacoma, Balentien batted .270 (46-for-170) with 12 home runs and 35 RBI. He leaves Tacoma with a current 8-game hitting streak (.333/11-for-33, 3 HR).

Vidro, 33 (turns 34 Aug. 27), was batting .234 (72-for-308) with 11 doubles, 7 home runs and 45 RBI in 85 games. Acquired prior to the 2007 season from Washington, Vidro combined to hit .285 (244-for-856) with 13 home runs and 104 RBI in 232 games as a Mariner.

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