Ketel Marte Illness: Updates on Mariners Shortstop's Recovery from Mononucleosis

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Seattle Mariners' Ketel Marte is helped into the dugout by Mariners trainer Rick Griffin as Marte leaves the baseball game at the start of the fourth inning against the Houston Astros, Friday, July 15, 2016, in Seattle. Marte was injured as he was tagged out sliding into third base in the third inning. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

The Seattle Mariners placed shortstop Ketel Marte on the 15-day disabled list on July 23 so he could recover from mononucleosis.

Marte hasn't played since; however, he is close to returning. 

Continue for updates.

Latest on Marte's Timeline for Return

Monday, Aug. 8

Marte is scheduled to play a full nine innings on Monday for Triple-A Tacoma, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, who added a return to the Mariners on Tuesday is possible.

Marte Struggling to Stay on the Field 

Injuries have prevented Marte from trying to build off a promising rookie campaign. He previously spent time on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb. He also dealt with a minor ankle problem about a week before the mono setback.

The 22-year-old Dominican Republic native got his first taste of the majors last year and posted a .351 on-base percentage to go along with eight stolen bases and two home runs in 57 games. His OBP has dipped to .299 in 74 appearances so far this season, though.

Marte is likely to step right back into the starting lineup after being given a clean bill of health. Seattle will hope he's able to put this year's injury woes behind him once that happens.

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