Bishop was recalled by the Mariners on Wednesday. Bishop will give the Mariners added outfield depth after Jake Fraley (quadriceps) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Bishop has appeared in seven games this season, hitting .188/.278/.250.
Bishop has been impressing with his bat during intrasquad games at the Mariners' alternate training site in Tacoma, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The 27-year-old still has a long way to go before hitting his stride against big-league arms, as his two stints with the Mariners the last two seasons have both resulted in sub-.200 averages and strikeout rates of 35.0 percent and 44.4 percent over 78 total plate appearances. However, it's been a different story in Tacoma, where Bishop has consistently been knocking the cover off the ball and recently belted a pair of home runs off top prospect Logan Gilbert. "I'm just using this whole year as an opportunity to keep progressing, whether up there or down here," Bishop said on a video call from Tacoma. "It's either progress or digress. I'm pretty happy with the work I've put in down here."
Bishop was optioned to the alternate training site Tuesday. The 27-year-old was originally demoted Sunday before being brought back Monday when the Mariners traded away some players, and he'll return to the alternate site a day later. Bishop is 3-for-16 with three RBI and a stolen base in his seven appearances this season.
The Mariners recalled Bishop from their alternate training site Monday. Seattle demoted Bishop on Sunday, but he'll be able to rejoin the big club one day later after the team traded away two players on the 28-man roster in Austin Nola and Dan Altavilla. The right-handed Bishop could end up settling into a short-side platoon role in the outfield while he's up with the Mariners.
The Mariners optioned Bishop to their alternate training site Sunday. Bishop had started in just one of the Mariners' past five games and wasn't likely to see his playing-time outlook improve anytime soon, so Seattle elected to swap him out on the active roster with a third catcher in Joe Hudson. The outfielder went 3-for-16 over seven games during his stint with the big club.
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