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April 11, 2008 4:31 PM

Norton up, Jimerson designated

Posted by Bob Condotta

Bob Condotta here filling in for Larry Stone and Geoff Baker on the beat for one night, and there is one little piece of news as the Mariners announced before the game they have recalled Greg Norton from Tacoma and designated Charlton Jimerson for assignment.

Norton is here and available to play tonight while Jimerson spent the pre-game on the phone, making plans for his now-uncertain future, and shaking hands with his former teammates. He said he doesn't know if he would accept an assignment to Tacoma, hoping he'll get picked up by a Major League team sometime in the next 10 days.

Mariner manager John McLaren said the move was made to add a little more offensive punch off the bench. He also said Norton will give the M's a more flexible bench, saying opponents had been able to "make some moves that we couldn't counter.''

"We need to get a different look,'' he said.

Norton, a switch-hitter, hit .409 in 22 at-bats at Tacoma with no homers and three RBI.

McLaren said he liked Jimerson's talents but that "we just never had the opportunity to use him.''

In Jimerson's only at-bat, he hit into a double play yesterday in the 7-0 loss at Tampa Bay.

PUTZ THROWS, GOES WELL --- In another piece of news, J.J. Putz threw for 10 minutes from 130 feet today and said "everything went well. We're not trying to forecast anything. All I know is tomorrow same thing, long toss, with 20 throws with the catcher down, flat ground. Not a bullpen, flat ground. We don't know what is going to happen after that.''

But McLaren sounded encouraged saying "he threw well, he felt real good, free. But we don't know the next step.''

TONIGHT'S LINEUP --- It reads like this:

Ichiro
Lopez
Ibanez
Beltre
Vidro
Sexson
Wilkerson
Johjima
Betancourt

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