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04/13/2012 3:38 PM EST

Mariners Outfielder Mike Carp Begins Rehab Assignment Tonight

Carp, on 15-day DL with a sprained right shoulder, returns to action with AAA Tacoma tonight

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced today that outfielder Mike Carp, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder since March 29, will begin his rehabilitation assignment tonight with AAA Tacoma.
Carp, 25, is joining the Rainiers in Fresno where they are schedule to take on the Grizzlies in a four-game series beginning tonight.
Carp was diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder on March 29. He suffered the injury diving for a Kurt Suzuki double in the fourth inning on March 28 in the Japan Opening Series against Oakland. Carp remained in the game and was examined after the game.
In 2011 Carp was selected by MLB.com as Mariners Breakout Player of the Year, was named to Baseball America’s All-Rookie team, along with Dustin Ackley and was listed amongst AL rookie leaders in several offensive categories including Grand Slams (1, T1st), Slugging (.466, 2nd), Batting Average (.276, 4th), RBI (46, 4th), Home Runs (12, T4th), Extra Base Hits (30, 6th) and On-base Percentage (.326, 6th). He appeared in 79 games at 4 positions: 1B – 34 G/30 GS, LF – 27 G/26 GS, DH – 19 G/GS, RF – 1 G/0 GS.

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