Injuries are a part of the game of MLB baseball but the Mariners have really suffered this season. 80% of their projected starting rotation is on the disabled list and has really affected their start to the season.
The only starter that was in the projected rotation and is still healthy is RHP Yovani Gallardo, who has acquired from the Baltimore Orioles this offseason. The 31-year-old right-handed pitcher has been consistent all year, recently turning it on his past couple starts.
LHP James Paxton and RHP Felix Herandez are projected to make rehab starts starting late this week and could be back as soon as the next road trip. Their presence in the top of the rotation is missed dearly.
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will miss 4-6 weeks with right shoulder inflammation. This is a big loss for the Mariners since Hisashi is one of the most consistent starters in the MLB. Yes, he doesn’t have the velocity he uses to, but he can still get hitters out effectively.
Not only is the rotation hurt, but multiple position players are dealing with injuries. DH Nelson Cruz has been dealing with injuries throughout the season and has played 38 out of the 39 games the Mariners have played.
The biggest blow happened Tuesday, as Robinson Cano was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right quad strain. Robinson is no doubt the leader in the clubhouse, along with DH Nelson Cruz and veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Before getting injured, Cano was hitting .296 with 21 runs, 8 doubles, 8 home runs, and 28 RBIS. Not only is he productive, he is a major presence in the middle of the lineup. Utility player Taylor Motter will fill in for Cano.
RF Mitch Haniger is also on the disabled list, but we should see him back on the field soon. RF Ben Gamel has filled in well for Haniger, so the big question will be what will happen to Gamel when Haniger gets back?
The Mariners come home for 7 games against the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago White Sox’s. The Mariners are looking past a horrible series against the Toronto Blue Jays with a home-stand goal of getting back up to a .500 winning percentage.