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Mitch Haniger out with core surgery

Mitch Haniger out with core surgery
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SEATTLE — After missing the final four months of the 2019 season following a ruptured testicle, Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger had a setback during his offseason training on Monday and will require surgery that likely will sideline him for the next 6-8 weeks.
General manager Jerry Dipoto said Haniger

SEATTLE — After missing the final four months of the 2019 season following a ruptured testicle, Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger had a setback during his offseason training on Monday and will require surgery that likely will sideline him for the next 6-8 weeks.

General manager Jerry Dipoto said Haniger could miss the start of the regular season following what he described as “core surgery,” but the team is still waiting to learn more about his situation.

Haniger was an All-Star in a breakout 2018 season, but was sidelined last year after fouling a ball off himself in a game on June 6. He hit .220/.314/.463 with 15 home runs in 63 games but was working hard on coming back strong when he re-injured himself this week.

Dipoto said Haniger’s injury opens the door for more playing time for prospects Jake Fraley and Braden Bishop. The only certainty now in the Mariners’ outfield is Mallex Smith in center field, while rookie Kyle Lewis is projected to start in left field.

Promising prospects Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez will also get more at-bats now in Spring Training, though Kelenic is expected to open the season in Double-A Arkansas and Rodriguez in Class A Advanced Modesto.

“It’s disappointing,” manager Scott Servais said. “I feel bad for Mitch. He was working his tail off. His strength was up and he was very excited to get back on the field and get it going again. But I know Mitch will do everything he can to get back as soon as he can. We’ll know more soon.”

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.



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