J-Rod’s return could come this week

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J-Rod’s return could come this week

7:31 AM UTCKeep track of the Mariners’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.Aug. 8: LHP Ryan Borucki (left forearm), LF Jesse Winker (back spasms) exit vs. YankeesBorucki departed with two outs in the ninth inning and a 1-0 count on Andrew Benintendi. During the at-bat, he exhibited pain on the mound, at which point athletic trainers examined him. He attempted to throw one warmup pitch but departed immediately after. The lefty will undergo an MRI on Tuesday, but manager Scott Servais indicated that it’s likely that the reliever will miss time — possibly with a stint on the injured list.Winker left in the fifth inning after a running, jumping catch attempt on a double by Benintendi that sailed over his head and caromed off the warning track and wall. Winker left both feet on the attempt and appeared to land awkwardly. His situation is far less severe, classified by Servais as “day to day,” but it’s unclear if he’ll miss time.Aug. 6: RF Mitch Haniger activated from 60-day injured list (Grade 2 right high ankle sprain); INF Abraham Toro optioned to Triple-A TacomaThe Mariners’ lineup received a huge boost when it returned its best hitter from 2021 after a recovery of more than three months, as Haniger was installed in right field and in the No. 3 hole in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader. The slugging right fielder is coming off a Minor League rehab assignment of 11 games, over which he hit .267/.488/.567 (1.055 OPS) with three homers. He represents a big addition to a lineup that has, at times, clearly missed him — especially without a true run-producing homer threat in the middle of the order.In a corresponding move, Toro will try to get back on the right track in Tacoma after hitting .180/.239/.322 (.560 OPS) in 84 games in the Majors. The switch-hitter has had a few big moments this season, particularly with some occasional late-innings magic, but he’s mostly underperformed from what the club had envisioned when it began the season with the belief he’d be a productive everyday player.CF Julio Rodríguez (right wrist injury)Expected return: Week of Aug. 8Rodríguez has had no issues gripping a bat when swinging in the cages, but he is still “feeling it a little bit on the vibration” when making contact. He could be activated as soon as Aug. 10, when he’s eligible, though the following weekend in Arlington might be a possibility, too. Servais said that the rookie won’t need a Minor League rehab assignment. He was shelved on July 31 after being plunked on the right hand in the eighth inning against the Astros the day prior. He stayed in to play defense in the bottom half of the frame, but he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth. (Last updated: Aug. 8)OF Dylan Moore (back spasms)Expected return: Week of Aug. 8Moore said he’s “optimistic” that he could come back when he’s eligible on Aug. 10 after taking extended early batting practice when the Mariners opened a home series against the Yankees. The utility man exited the Mariners’ July 30 game against the Astros and was placed on the 15-day IL on July 31. (Last updated: Aug. 8)RHP Diego Castillo (right shoulder inflammation)Expected return: SoonCastillo began a Minor League rehab assignment with High-A Everett, putting him on track to return soon. His IL stint is retroactive to July 26, meaning he can be activated on Aug. 10. (Last updated: Aug. 8)LHP Matthew Boyd (left elbow strain)Expected return: End of AugustBoyd threw a live batting practice at T-Mobile Park on Aug. 8 that went well and signaled that he could begin a Minor League rehab assignment soon. If so, it’ll likely be a longer stint given that he’s been sidelined all season and would need to stretch his arm out. (Last updated: Aug. 8)OF Taylor Trammell (right hamstring strain)Expected return: End of JulyTrammell has ramped up his baseball activity and continued running, regularly taking early BP ahead of home games. It’s possible that he could begin a Minor League rehab assignment as soon as this week, when the Mariners go out on the road again. Trammell said that the hamstring injury isn’t as severe as the one he sustained in April. (Last updated: July 25)C Curt Casali (right oblique strain)Expected return: End of August, possibly soonerCasali transferred his Minor League rehab assignment to Triple-A Tacoma after being acquired from the Giants ahead of the Trade Deadline. Once he’s back, he’s slated to assume the full-time backup catcher role. (Last updated: Aug. 8)RHP Ken Giles (right shoulder inflammation)Expected return: TBDGiles suffered the injury shortly after entering a July 8 game in the eighth inning, at which point he was immediately removed. Manager Scott Servais said that Giles was dealing with soreness on the back side of his shoulder, and he’ll be shelved at least through the All-Star break. (Last updated: July 9)C Tom Murphy (dislocated left shoulder)Expected return: 2023Murphy underwent season-ending surgery to repair his left shoulder and has rejoined the Mariners in Seattle to embark on his rehab. Manager Scott Servais is hopeful that the backstop will be ready by Spring Training. (Last updated: July 3)1B Evan White (left hip)Expected return: TBDWhite returned to Triple-A Tacoma and resumed his rehab assignment on June 14, two weeks after he experienced a setback that forced him to halt his game action. He played in eight games before being shelved, going 3-for-23. White has undergone two surgeries in the past 12 months, first to repair a left hip flexor strain last July then for a sports hernia in March. (Last updated: June 14)RHP Casey Sadler (shoulder surgery)Expected return: 2023Sadler will miss the entirety of the 2022 season. The 31-year-old righty found his niche in relief for Seattle last year, reeling off a franchise record 29 consecutive scoreless appearances. That streak will remain active upon his return to action.“He was such a big part of our bullpen last year, certainly down the stretch in what he was able to do in that critical ‘pivot’ role,” manager Scott Servais said. “Disappointed for him. … He eventually will be fine, but he’s not going to pitch for us this year.” (Last updated: March 20)
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