M's Mike Carp makes early trip to disabled list

The promising young slugger has a shoulder sprain.

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Mike Carp of the Seattle Mariners

The promising young slugger has a shoulder sprain.

TOKYO — Mike Carp was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday by the Seattle Mariners after spraining his right shoulder diving for a ball on Opening Day Wednesday (March 28) at the Tokyo Dome.

He was replaced in left field by Chone Figgins for Thursday night's wrap-up game in Japan against the Oakland A's, who beat the M's 4-to-1. Figgins' primary spot at third base was filled by Kyle Seager.

In the fourth inning, Carp, 25, dove for ball hit by Kurt Suzuki that went for a double. He stayed in the game, went 0-for-4, and was examined Thursday. The extent of the injury awaits a re-evaluation when the Mariners return to spring training in Arizona Friday.

In 12 spring games, Carp hit .222 with one home run and 4 RBIs. MLB.com picked him to be the club's breakout player of the year. He played 79 games for the Mariners in 2011, hitting .276 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs. Wednesday was his first Opening Day on an MLB roster.

Carlos Peguero, who accompanied the team to Japan as part of the 30-man roster but was optioned to AAA Tacoma Tuesday, was placed on the active roster.

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