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Mariners call up veteran outfielder Justin Upton

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Mar 29, 2022; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton (10) hits against the Colorado Rockies during a spring training game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran outfielder Justin Upton, who was cut loose by the Los Angeles Angels just before the start of the 2022 regular season, was called up to the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

The Mariners opened a roster spot Thursday when infielder/outfielder Sam Haggerty was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Upton, 34, signed with the Mariners on May 21 before reporting to the club’s spring-training complex in Arizona. In 12 games with Tacoma, he batted .200 (9-for-45) with two home runs, six RBIs and eight runs.

Upton was designated for assignment, then released by the Angels in April with one season and $28 million remaining on his five-year, $106-million deal. The Mariners are now responsible for a prorated version of the league’s minimum salary.

Upton had struggled with injuries the past three seasons but had three home runs and 11 RBIs this spring before he was let go to open up more at-bats for younger Angels outfielders like Brandon Marsh and Jo Adell.

In 15 career major league seasons, Upton has recorded 1,000 RBIs while hitting 324 home runs. A .262 career hitter, Upton also has an .814 OPS in 1,828 career games with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2007-12), Atlanta Braves (2013-14), San Diego Padres (2015), Detroit Tigers (2016-17) and Angels.

A four-time All-Star, Upton combined to hit 35 home runs with 109 RBIs for the Tigers and Angels in 2017.

–Field Level Media