Healy's average is down to .238 and he could split time with Vogelbach until Robinson Cano returns on Aug. 14 and likely sees substantial time at first base.

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The most recent promotion of Daniel Vogelbach into the Mariners’ lineup, manager Scott Servais said Saturday, is an attempt to “catch a little lightning in a bottle, so to speak.’’

Vogelbach, though, is hoping this stay in the majors has a little more permanence than a mere flash.

Vogelbach, who has been with the Mariners three other times this season, was inserted into the starting lineup at first for Saturday night’s game against the White Sox in place of the slumping Ryon Healy. And Servais indicated Vogelbach could continue to get playing time if he produces.

“Fire Vogey in there tonight, see how it goes,’’ Servais said.

Servais said Healy will “probably’’ play Sunday but said from there the team will “play it by ear.’’ Since Vogelbach is left-handed and Healy right-handed, a platoon could well be in order for a little while (Vogelbach was one of five left-handers in Seattle’s lineup Saturday against White Sox righty Dylan Covey).

Both players may have just the next three weeks or so to really state their case as it is expected that Robinson Cano will see significant playing time at first base once he returns from suspension Aug. 14 with Dee Gordon likely to continue to be the primary second baseman.

“Anytime you get called up it’s an opportunity,’’ Vogelbach said.

Vogelbach entered the game with a .210 average and two home runs in 62 at-bats with the Mariners this season, his last appearance coming June 8.

What the Mariners are hoping to see is more of what Vogelbach has done in Tacoma, where he has hit .305 with 16 home runs along with 61 walks.

“He’s had a good year in Triple-A,’’ Servais said, before noting that Vogelbach has had “good years before’’ in the minors.

Indeed, that’s been the rub for the 25-year-old Vogelbach, showing that he’s not just a Triple-A star —- he hit .290 with 17 homers last year in Tacoma but .214 with no homers in 28 at-bats for the Mariners.

Vogelbach, though, thinks this time may be different.

He talked in spring training of trying to put less pressure on himself and having more fun playing baseball and he said that approach has paid off in Tacoma.

He also said that has resulted in a more aggressive attitude at the plate that he thinks has also made a difference.

“Attacking and being able to hit from the very first pitch,’’ he said.

Servais said the team has also continued to see some improvement in Vogelbach’s fielding, which isn’t to the level of Healy’s.

But ultimately what the team wants is more offense.

“He’s (Vogelbach) in there because he can hit and he’s a left-handed power guy,” Servais said.

More fun is what the team might also like Healy to have.

Healy, acquired from the A’s in the offseason, has turned in some of the team’s biggest hits of the season, such as the double in the 11th to win a wild game against the Angels in May.

But he has been entrenched in a slump of late in which he is 13 of his last 56 to see his average fall to .238, his lowest since early in the season.

Servais said he talked to the 26-year-old Healy before the All-Star break “about trying to be a little more even-keel emotionally. He gets really high and really low and it’s such a long season, it wears you out when you go there.’’ Healy, though, came out of the break going 0-3 with a strikeout out Friday night against the White Sox.

Suddenly having to compete again for his job in the second half of the season might not help to take the pressure off.

But such is life in the major leagues.

{Zunino could be back on Sunday:} Catcher Mike Zunino, on the disabled list with a left-ankle bruise since July 5, could be called up Sunday if all goes well in a rehab stint Saturday night in Tacoma.

Zunino got two at-bats Friday in playing catcher and was scheduled to be the designated hitter for Tacoma Saturday.

Zunino was back in Seattle doing some early work and Servais said the ankle made it through his return to action fine.

“Could be Tuesday, could be tomorrow,’’ Servais said of when Zunino will be activated. “Just see how it goes down there tonight.’’