Toro went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk and a steal in Wednesday's loss to Houston. He's now gone yard in four straight games -- the first two as an Astro, and the last two now against the Astros. Toro drew the start at second base in this one, and it seems the Mariners will use him there pretty often to get his bat in the lineup. Toro's still hitting a modest .219/.297/.439 on the year, but a .198 BABIP has depressed his batting average. He has an excellent track record in the high minors (.392/.497/.600 in 33 career Triple-A games and .306/.393/.513 in his last Double-A season) and could rebound with more regular playing time with Seattle.
Toro slugged a two-run home run in his only plate appearance during Seattle's 8-6 loss to Houston on Tuesday. Toro pinch hit for Dylan Moore in the ninth and belted a home run to right off former teammate Ryan Pressly to halve Seattle's deficit, but it proved to be too little too late. Making an early impact with his new team is an encouraging sign, though it's unclear whether Toro will receive steady playing time with Kyle Seager and Ty France presumably ahead of him on the depth chart at third base and first base, respectively.
Toro was traded to the Mariners on Tuesday along with relief pitcher Joe Smith in exchange for pitchers Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Toro's presence on Houston's roster was already becoming less necessary following Aledmys Diaz's return, and with Alex Bregman (hamstring) likely to be activated in the near future, Houston has opted to use the infielder as a trade chip to acquire some much-needed relief help. Toro was reported to be in a Mariners uniform prior to Tuesday's game against the Astros, though it's not yet clear whether he's been added to the club's 26-man roster.
Toro is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against Seattle, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Toro will yield third-base duties to Aledys Diaz despite homering in each of the past two contests. He could still see the bulk of time at the hot corner during the next few games, but Toro's role is almost certain to diminish once Alex Bregman (quad) is activated at some point in the near future.
Toro went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk Monday in the Astros' 11-8 loss to the Mariners. Kyle Tucker and Toro smacked back-to-back home runs off Darren McCaughan in the first inning to help stake the Astros to an early 7-0 lead, but a furious Mariners rally resulted in Houston dropping the series opener. The long ball was Toro's sixth of the season and second in as many days, but fantasy managers likely won't be able to coax much more value out of him. Alex Bregman (quadriceps) kicked off a rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Sugar Land and could return from the injured list next week, at which point he would reclaim everyday duties at third base from Toro.
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