The Mariners are expected to give outfielder Endy Chavez the bulk of the playing time in center field with Franklin Gutierrez on the disabled list, MLB.com reports Tuesday. Jason Bay will back him up at the position.
Chavez will man center until Michael Saunders can come off the DL and take over the spot.
The 35-year-old Chavez is 2 for 9 with a double and an RBI in his last two starts and is batting .241 with two RBI in 29 at-bats.
The 34-year-old Bay has 38 at-bats entering Tuesday's game in Houston and is hitting .184 with a homer and two RBI. He's struck out 14 times.