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AL West: Aoki’s future, Carrasco injury

The latest from around the AL West.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle is hoping Nori Aoki will return to the club in 2017, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.

The Mariners signed Aoki to a one-year, $5.5 million deal last off-season but he struggled through the first few months of the season. As a result, the Mariners optioned him to Triple-A at the end of June.

Aoki’s contract includes an option for next season, but he would have to receive about 60 more at-bats in order for it to be exercised. Since the Mariners will likely face numerous right-handed arms toward the end of the season, there is a good chance Aoki remains with Seattle in 2017.

More from around the American League West:

  • Carlos Carrasco is out for the season with a broken hand, but the Indians likely have enough depth to have success this October.

  • Alex Bregman might be done for the year as a result of a hamstring issue.

  • Felix Hernandez’s lower body strength has enabled him to have success to this point in his career.

  • Although its been a down season for the Athletics, their rookie hitters have played well of late.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Rangers 88-61 —GB

Astros 78-70 9.5 GB

Mariners 78-70 9.5 GB

Athletics 65-83 22.5 GB

Angels 64-84 23.5 GB