Zunino is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels. Zunino will get a routine breather after drawing three consecutive starts behind the plate. David Freitas checks in for Zunino, catching for starting pitcher Marco Gonzales.
Zunino is out of the lineup against the Padres on Wednesday, TJ Cotterill of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Zunino will receive a standard day off after going 1-for-4 during Tuesday's loss. In his absence, David Freitas will catch Wade LeBlanc and bat eighth. Expect to see Zunino back in the lineup Thursday.
Zunino went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday against the Yankees. Zunino took Lance Lynn deep in the third inning to record his 19th home run of the season. While this was his first home run since Aug. 24, he has flashed some power by smacking two doubles across six games in September. The story remains the same for Zunino, as he has suffered from a 38.4 strikeout percentage but has posted a .215 ISO in 352 plate appearances.
Zunino went 1-for-3 with a double in a loss to the Yankees on Friday. Zunino laced the only extra-base hit for the Mariners on a night when Masahiro Tanaka stymied their offense for eight innings. The slugging backstop's batting average remains well below the Mendoza Line (.189), although he's opened September hitting safely in three of his first five games.
Zunino is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. The backstop will retreat to the bench following a string of three straight starts. David Freitas will start behind the dish in place of Zunino.
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