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Mariners Pregame: Injury updates on Felix Hernandez and Mitch Haniger; lineups and starters

Seattle Mariners pitcher Ariel Miranda works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners pitcher Ariel Miranda works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)

The Seattle Mariners start a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians at 4:10 p.m. Before the game, the team issued statements about the condition of injured RHP Felix Hernandez and OF Mitch Haniger.

From the press release:

Hernandez was diagnosed with bursitis in his right shoulder. He is expected to miss three to four weeks. Haniger was diagnosed with a grade 2 strain of his right oblique muscle. He is expected to miss three to four weeks.

The news could have been worse. For Hernandez, the bursitis sounds like a matter of inflammation in the joint and it just needs to calm down before he can continue conditioning. As for Haniger, obliques are notorious slow healers so we’ll just have to wait and see if he’ll be ready to ramp it back up in the timeframe the team presents.

The Mariners announced Chase De Jong will make his first MLB start on Sunday against the Indians in the place of Hernandez, while Ben Gamel was recalled from AAA Tacoma on Wednesday to serve as Haniger’s primary replacement in right.

Lineups and starter matchup

Game 24: Seattle Mariners (10-13) vs. Cleveland Indians (12-9), 4:10 p.m.

Courtesy @MarinersPR
Courtesy @MarinersPR

Starters: LHP Ariel Miranda (1-2, 4.35) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 1.65)

Mariners Notes

  • The Mariners have used 10 rookies this season: Dan Altavilla, Chase De Jong, Mike Freeman, Ben Gamel, Mitch Haniger, Guillermo Heredia, Dillon Overton, James Pazos, Daniel Vogelbach and Tony Zych.
  • The Mariners rookies have combined to appear in 72 games, the second-most in the Majors, trailing only the San Diego Padres (96) and ahead of Cincinnati (55) and Pittsburgh (51)
  • The rookie position players have combined to hit .292 (45 for 154) with 30 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 23 RBI and 21 walks in 45 games
  • The rookie pitching staff has combined to go 2-1 with a 4.78 ERA (14 ER, 26 1/3 innings) in 27 relief appearances.

This Day in Mariners History

In 2001, two Major League records are set in a win over the White Sox. Kazuhiro Sasaki racks up his 13th save, breaking the Major League record for most saves in April. The win also marks the Mariners 20th of the month, surpassing the record for most wins in April.

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