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Mariners´ Mitch Haniger likely needs core-muscle surgery

This was already going to be a year where the Seattle Mariners would be relying heavily on young players and some of their top prospects right from the beginning of the campaign.

Now the Mariners expect to be without one of their few veterans – likely for the first month.

Outfielder Mitch Haniger is expected to miss the start of the regular season and likely needs to undergo core muscle surgery, general manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday.

Haniger suffered the injury during one of his offseason workouts earlier this week. Dipoto said the latest setback is tied to Haniger’s injury issues from last season.

“I was expecting him to show up for the first day of spring training ready to go but that does not appear to be the case,” Dipoto said.

Haniger missed the final 3 1/2 months of the season after suffering a ruptured testicle and then experiencing back and core issues during his recovery. Haniger was limited to 63 matches and batted .220 with 15 homers and 32 RBIs.

A year earlier, Haniger was an All-Star after hitting .285 with 26 homers and 93 RBIs and an OPS of .859.

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Dipoto said the expectation is that Haniger’s recovery will take about six to eight weeks following the surgery.

He could be ready to join the major league club sometime in late April.

The loss of Haniger is two-fold for the Mariners. Along with Dee Gordon and Kyle Seager, Haniger was expected to be one of the few experienced veterans the Mariners could lean on early in a season where the next phase of Seattle’s rebuild will starts.

The Mariners are likely to field one of the youngest teams in the American League, with a handful of rookies or second-year players expected to be in the everyday lineup. Seattle expects the likes of outfielder Kyle Lewis, first baseman Evan White, second baseman Shed Long and pitchers Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn to be key pieces of the upcoming campaign.

The injury to Haniger may also allow Jake Fraley or Braden Bishop to earn more playing time early on.

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Seattle Mariners vs Tampa Bay Rays

Seattle Mariners vs Tampa Bay Rays

Seattle Mariners (34-29) at Tampa Bay Rays (29-32)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
T Walker (3-6) (3.48) vs. J Odorizzi (3-3) (3.47)

 Taijuan Walker will try to build off of his strong start last week when he and the Seattle Mariners go up against Jake Odorizzi and the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. In their first series against each other this year, the Mariners were able to sweep the Rays in Seattle.

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The Seattle Mariners have fallen from first in the American League West with defeats in seven of ten so a quick turnaround is needed. The Mariners are coming off of a 6-4 loss to visiting Texas on Sunday where the pitching struggled and the offense couldn’t make up the difference. M’s starter Wade Miley fell to 6-3 with three runs plated on four hits and a trio of BB while Steve Johnson gave up three runs without recording an out. Seattle produced nine hits and walked three times with Leonys Maryin going solo while Robinson Cano went 2-5 with an RBI and run.The Mariners go with Taijuan Walker on the hill for the series opener at Tampa Bay. Walker comes off of his best outing in a 5-0 win versus the Indians in which he tossed eight scoreless innings.
 

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The Tampa Bay Rays have been playing some of their best baseball of the season and it has to continue with the team still under .500. The Rays have won seven of ten after knocking off Houston 5-0 Sunday behind great pitching and a five run 5th. TB starter Matt Moore tossed a two hit shutout over seven innings while whiffing ten to up his record to 3-4. The Rays offense totaled nine hits and walked three times with Mike Mahtook knocking in two while Desmond Jennings drove in a run and scored.Tampa Bay gives Tuesday’s start to Jake Odorizzi for his first meeting with the Mariners in 2016. Odorizzi defeated Arizona 6-3 last time out with all three runs plated on five hits and three BB in five frames. 

 

Notes

  • Tampa Bay has won 48% (12-13) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Seattle has won 61% (17-11) of its games when taking a late lead.
  • The Mariners managed to give up six walks in their last game. They’ll have to pick it up against the Rays who are heading in with a 4-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
  • When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 19-5. The Mariners have a 27-7 record when outhitting opponents.
  • Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 255 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five at fourth with 315.
  • Ranking 11th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.747). Seattle ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .772.
  • The Mariners are 22-23 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rays are 14-29 when they allow at least one homer.

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Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners

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The Kansas City look to reverse their fortunes at Safeco against the Seattle Mariners.

The Kansas City Royals suffered an uncharacteristic sweep at the Angels capped off by a 4-2 loss on Wednesday. The Royals began well enough with a 2-0 first inning lead but the offense was held in check after that and the pitching needed more help. KC starter Chris Young gave up three runs on three hits including a pair of long balls over 5.1 frames to fall to 1-4. Kansas City mustered ten hits and walked three times with Eric Hosmer blasting a two run bomb that scored Mike Moustakas. Kansas City sends Kris Medlen to the hill to face the Mariners for the first time in his career. Medlen is coming off of an 8-3 loss to the Orioles where he was charged with seven runs on 9 hits and three BB in 3.2 innings.

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The Seattle Mariners have been playing their best baseball of the season with both the arms and bats generally on the same page. The Mariners had won six of seven before falling to Houston by a 7-4 count on Wednesday. M’s starter Hisashi Iwakuma had a rare off night with five runs allowed on seven hits and two walks while whiffing seven through five innings to remain winless at 0-3. The Mariners totaled ten hits and walked three times with Robinson Cano going 2-5 with a homer and three RBI’s while Adam Lind was 2-4 with a solo blast. Felix Hernandez toes the rubber hoping for some support from the Mariners offense when he opposes the Royals on Friday. Hernandez took a 4-2 loss at the Angels last time out with three runs scored on five hits including two homers in seven frames.

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