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Jason Bay's bat can't keep him with Mariners

The Seattle Mariners on Monday designated outfielder Jason Bay of Trail, B.C., before the start of their six-game road trip at Boston and Baltimore.

Canadian OF designated for assignment

Mariners outfielder Jason Bay, who signed a one-year deal before the season, hit just .204 with six doubles and 11 home runs in 68 games. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

Jason Bay of Trail, B.C., has been designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners while fellow outfielder Michael Morse has been recalled from his rehabilitation assignment.

The Mariners made the moves on Monday before opening a six-game road trip at Boston and Baltimore.

Bay, 34, signed a one-year deal with the Mariners before the season and his versatility was put to good use in the outfield.

But his bat slumped of late and was hitting just .204 with six doubles and 11 home runs in 68 games.

Morse had been on rehab at triple-A Tacoma while recovering from a quad injury that landed him on the disabled list for more than a month. Morse played in six games at Tacoma and hit .250 with one double and one home run.

Morse first suffered the injury in late May and has played in just 11 games since May 28.