Nottingham was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. Nottingham's strange pattern of bouncing between the Brewers and Mariners will be put on pause for now. He'll remain in Seattle's organization and wait for the next time the team needs an extra catcher.
Nottingham was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Tuesday, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports. Nottingham has now been designated for assignment four times by two organizations this year. He was dropped by the Brewers in late April and claimed by the Mariners, only to be DFA'd again and traded back to Milwaukee at the start of May. He lasted less than two weeks before yet another DFA in mid-May, with the Mariners yet again claiming him. Nottingham then lasted less than three weeks in his second stint with Seattle before this latest transaction. If the pattern were to continue, he'd be grabbed by the Brewers again shortly and return to Seattle sometime in mid-July, but the Brewers have two healthy catchers this time around, so they may not need him, meaning he's likely to head to Triple-A Tacoma. Dillon Thomas was called up in a corresponding move.
Nottingham went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, additional run, walk and strikeout as Seattle beat Texas, 5-0 on Thursday. Nottingham went back-to-back with fellow catcher Tom Murphy in the third to get Seattle on the board and later scored after a seventh-inning walk. Since being re-acquired from Milwaukee, Nottingham has seen a decent amount of playing time at first base, which is likely to continue if performances like this get repeated.
Nottingham is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics. Nottingham will sit for the second straight game while Eric Campbell picks up another start in the corner infield. The Mariners may prefer to keep the hotter bat among the two players in the lineup until the team gets one of its two banged-up regulars (Evan White and Dylan Moore) back from the injured list.
Nottingham will start at first base and bat seventh Sunday against the Padres. Nottingham has primarily played catcher throughout his professional career, but the Mariners have used him exclusively at first base since claiming him off waivers from Milwaukee on Thursday. He'll draw his third straight start at the position Sunday, and Nottingham could end up serving as the primary first baseman until Seattle gets at least one of Evan White (hip), Ty France (wrist) or Dylan Moore (calf) back from the 10-day injured list.
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