OAKLAND – Designated hitter Mike Sweeney left Tuesday night’s game with lower back spasms, an ailment that has plagued him off-and-on during his first season with the Mariners.
Sweeney doubled to right field in the first inning, reaching second with a head-first slide.
He apparently aggravated his back on the slide, but may have done more damage when he tripped over the third-base bag trying to score on Russell Branyan’s ensuing single down the right field line.
Sweeney was stranded at third when second baseman Jose Lopez grounded into a double play.
When he was due to bat again in the third inning, Sweeney was replaced by Ken Griffey Jr.
Sweeney, 35, went into the middle game of the three-game series against the Athletics with a .232 batting average, two home runs and nine RBIs. He has shared the DH role with Griffey.
— Jim Street