OAKLAND -- Six days after being designated for assignment, outfielder Charlton Jimerson returned to the Mariners organization on Wednesday, signing a Minor League contract with Triple-A Tacoma."We like him and are glad to have him back," manager John McLaren said. "He's there for us when we need him, and that's a real positive for us." The 28-year-old Jimerson cleared Major League waivers, declined an assignment to Tacoma and became a free agent. He then signed a Minor League contract. He will join the Rainiers in time for Thursday night's game in Fresno. Jimerson made a good impression with the Mariners last season, when he was used as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner. He went 2-for-2 in 11 games, scored five runs and was 2-for-2 in stolen bases. McLaren had hoped to exploit Jimerson's talents the same way this season, but it never panned out. "We never used Jimerson the way we intended," McLaren said when Jimerson was designated for assignment. "We like him a lot and told him so, but just never had the opportunity to use him." Jimerson appeared in two games, going 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter. He was used once as a pinch-runner and scored.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.