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Mariners DH Hart sidelined by strained left hamstring

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The Canadian Press
5/20/2014 7:34:55 PM
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mariners designated hitter Corey Hart will be sidelined for four to six weeks after he strained his left hamstring stealing a base over the weekend.

The Mariners placed Hart on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night's game at Texas. They recalled infielder-outfielder Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma.

The 32-year-old Hart injured his leg swiping second during the fourth inning of the Mariners' 6-2 victory at Minnesota on Sunday. He has appeared in 37 games, hitting .209 with five home runs and 17 RBIs.

With no one other natural DH on the roster, manager Lloyd McClendon said he will mix and match to fill Hart's vacancy in the batting order.

"We all agree we don't have a prototypical No. 4 hitter," McClendon said. "We don't have a guy that's going to hit 40 home runs. We'll do the best we can."

Franklin was leading the Pacific Coast League in hitting at .376. He's a natural second baseman who played three infield positions, the outfield and served as the DH over six appearances for Seattle during a brief April call-up.

McClendon said Franklin will again float around multiple positions, including second base when Robinson Cano occupies the designated hitter spot.

"A lot of it depends on his legs," McClendon said of Cano, 31. "I know he prefers to play the field."

Corey Hart (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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