UPDATE (2:45 PM) - Bloomquist has been designated for assignment to make room for Taylor, as he first tweeted this morning.
Just want to thank all of you Mariner fans for a lifetime of memories in a mariner uniform. Can't thank you enough for 7 1/2 memorable yrs!— Willie Bloomquist (@williebloom) July 2, 2015
ORIGINAL: Mariners' shortstop Chris Taylor was pulled from his game at Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday night in the fourth inning, leading to speculation that he is involved in a roster move. According to an organizational source familiar with the situation, Taylor is expected to be promoted to the big-league club on Thursday.
The corresponding roster move for the addition of Taylor is not yet known, despite the constant calling from Mariners' fans for the team to part ways with veteran Willie Bloomquist. The team has already cut Justin Ruggiano (outrighted to AAA) and Rickie Weeks (released) from the major-league roster this season, and may look to continue that pattern by designating the light-hitting Bloomquist for assignment.
One school of thought is that the Mariners will demote a reliever to make room for Taylor, as they are currently carrying twelve pitchers on the active roster. Vidal Nuno would seem to be the most logical choice, though the team will undergo some roster shuffling when David Rollins is promoted to the majors on Saturday. Conspiracy theorists may think that the Taylor news will lead to a trade of the versatile Brad Miller, though there is no indication that the team is looking to move Miller.
Taylor, 24, has appeared in 67 games with the big-league club over the past two years, struggling to a .246/.307/.302 line. He has been solid with Tacoma this season, hitting .285/.359/.404 with two homers and twelve steals in 47 games.