Sweeney activated from DL

Updated: June 19, 2010, 1:18 AM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- The Mariners have activated designated hitter Mike Sweeney from the 15-day disabled list and optioned left-hander Luke French to Triple-A Tacoma.

The 36-year-old Sweeney took batting practice before Friday night's game against Cincinnati to test his sore lower back, and was available in the series opener.

The five-time All-Star began the day with a .258 batting average, six homers and 16 RBIs.

The 24-year-old French was 0-1 with a 7.45 ERA in three games for Seattle. He made one start after the Mariners recalled him from Tacoma on June 6 to replace injured right-hander Doug Fister.

Manager Don Wakamatsu says Fister is on track to return to the rotation next weekend at Milwaukee.

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