|Bats / Throws||Left / Right|
|Date of Birth||8/22/1995|
|Height, Weight||5'8", 184 lbs|
|Drafted||2013 - Rd 12|
Long was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Long rejoined the Mariners on May 21 amid multiple infield injuries but now makes his return to the Rainiers with Dee Gordon (wrist) and J.P. Crawford (ankle) back from the injured list. Long performed well during his three-plus week stint in the majors, slashing .267/.353/.786 with seven doubles and a home run in 16 games. He's expected to see time at second base while with the Rainiers, per Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle.
Long started in left field in a win over the Twins on Wednesday and went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run, a walk and two runs.
Long's three-run blast in the eighth inning extended the Mariners' lead to 6-1 at the time and served as his second career round tripper. The rookie was also credited with an assist at second base from left field, which he was playing for the first time at the big-league level Wednesday. The position shift was part of manager Scott Servais' attempt to continue affording Long reps against big-league arms despite Dee Gordon's recent return from a wrist injury, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. However, J.P. Crawford's expected return Friday from an ankle injury could force Long back down to Triple-A Tacoma for the time being.
Long is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels.
Long notched a pair of hits in Saturday's 12-3 loss, giving him multi-hit performances in three of his last five starts. Though he'll sit for the second time in the series, Long still appears to hold an edge over Tim Beckham for the primary job at second base, though veteran Dee Gordon is expected back soon from a wrist injury.
Long went 2-for-4 in a loss to the Angels on Saturday.
The rookie now has a trio of two-hit efforts in six June games, a stretch during which he's boosted his average 19 points. Long has performed reasonably well during his first exposure to major-league arms, slashing .230/.329/.328 over 70 plate appearances. While his big-league stint may be on the verge of coming to an end with the expected early week return of Dee Gordon (wrist) from the injured list, the experience Long has gained during his current tenure figures to serve him well over the long haul.
Long will head to the bench for Friday's game against the Angels, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Unsurprisingly, Long is in line for a night off with lefty Andrew Heaney slated to toe the rubber for Los Angeles. Tim Beckham draws the start at the keystone and will bat fifth in Long's place.