Julio Rodriguez to overlook fourth recreation, anticipated again Tuesday
Julio Rodriguez bounced into the clubhouse Monday able to do one thing greater than sit within the coaching room. The Mariners’ All-Star middle fielder wasn’t within the lineup for a fourth consecutive recreation resulting from a sore left wrist, however he was glad to be headed out to take part in a part of the day by day pregame exercise.
“I’m going to try and swing a little bit and see how it feels,” he mentioned. “It feels a lot better today. I would love to be out there. We are being cautious but if I can get to a point where I can play through it, I would.”
Rodriguez had the wrist taped up with blue athletic tape that wrapped across the thumb for added help.
“Julio is doing better,” supervisor Scott Servais mentioned. “He’s definitely moving in the right direction. Very, very optimistic that we could see him in the lineup tomorrow. So that’s what I’m shooting for there. You probably will not see him in tonight’s game at any point. But I’m hopeful with him doing a little bit more baseball activity today that I’m optimistic that he can be in there tomorrow.”
Rodriguez performed catch with teammates and did some defensive work within the outfield, however he didn’t hit on the sphere, opting to hit within the Mariners indoor cages.
Asked what he wanted to see from Rodriguez to really feel comfy about placing him again into the lineup, Servais was candid.
“I just need the trainers to tell me he’s ready because I want to play him really bad,” Servais mentioned with fun. “I don’t need a whole lot to tell me. I don’t need to see a whole lot. If they tell me he’s good to go, he’s in there. So that’s what we’re waiting on right now.”
But Rodriguez wasn’t the one on a regular basis participant absent from the lineup. Left fielder Jesse Winker was additionally out resulting from a sore proper ankle after rolling it on a collision behind first base with Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena.
“He’s not limping around or anything like that, but we thought it best to give him a day off,” Servais mentioned.
While Winker could possibly be accessible to pinch hit, the Mariners would like that he obtain remedy on the ankle and never play if potential.
“If we could, yes,” Servais mentioned. “In a perfect world. I’d love to win the game, 8-2, and not have to worry about it. Typically, we don’t play a lot of those games but maybe tonight will be the night.”
With their roster setup, Servais was compelled to start out Adam Frazier in left discipline, Dylan Moore in middle discipline and Sam Haggerty in proper discipline. All three gamers major place is second base.
“First thing I thought about the lineup today, ‘Yeah, I’ve got three second baseman in the outfield,” Servais mentioned. “It’s a credit to those guys. They’ve done a really good job. Dylan’s has not played much center field in his career, and he’s been pretty good out there. Frazier has handled everything thrown at him and Haggerty is not an outfielder by trade, so to speak, but he’s handled it well.”
On the mend
Mitch Haniger, Taylor Trammell and Evan White all took early batting observe off the speed pitching machine after which extra swings off hitting coach Tony Arnerich. All three gamers are on the injured checklist and dealing their method again to recreation prepared.
Haniger, who’s recovering from a severe excessive right-ankle sprain, is three video games into his rehab project. He spent the weekend taking part in for High-A Everett. Haniger began because the designated hitter Friday and Saturday after which performed 5 innings in proper discipline Sunday.
He had successful in every recreation, together with a solo homer Sunday.
“It was a long layoff,” he mentioned of his timing together with his swing. “I know for me, usually coming out of spring training, it takes me a little while [to find it].”
There was some soreness in his ankle after taking part in within the video games.
“Anytime you get hurt, that first week or so back there’s some soreness and that’s expected,” he mentioned.
Haniger will return to recreation motion Tuesday with Class AAA Tacoma to proceed his rehab project with the Rainiers. He isn’t sure if he’ll take all 20 days of the rehab project. And there isn’t a particular variety of at-bats or feeling together with his swing that may inform him he’s prepared.
“I think I just need quantity right now, just playing,” he mentioned. “I can’t tell you when that will be. Usually, you know when you feel ready, and I don’t know when that will be. It’s hard to predict.”
Trammell (proper hamstring pressure) will seemingly begin a rehab project this week. He re-strained the hamstring whereas operating to first in a recreation June 28 vs. the Orioles and went on the injured checklist the next day. He initially strained the hamstring April 7 whereas taking part in for Class AAA Tacoma.
“He’s moving along really, really aggressively and picked up his running,” Servais mentioned. “I think you’ll see him out on a rehab probably when we go out on the road [Thursday]. I’m anxious to get him out there and get him playing. It just gives us more options because we are a little short in the outfield right now.”
White (sports activities hernia surgical procedure) is nearing a rehab project after struggling a setback in his restoration throughout a rehab stint in June.
“I finally feel completely healthy,” he mentioned. “I just want to start playing games.”
White mentioned the preliminary plan is to start out a rehab stint Aug. 2 when Tacoma begins a five-game collection in Sacramento. He might in all probability begin the project earlier, however his spouse, Kari, is anticipating the beginning of their second youngster within the subsequent week.