BY Art Thiel 05:27PM 06/07/2019

Haniger feels something worse than M’s season

As if being bad wasn’t enough, the Mariners get bad injury news: OF Mitch Haniger hit a foul ball into his groin Thursday and is out indefinitely with a ruptured testicle.

Mitch Haniger will not be comfortable for awhile. / Alan Chitlik, Sportspress Northwest

Finally, the Mariners have found something worse than their season. But it’s hardly a good distraction.

The man who leads the American League in strikeouts desperately needed make solid contact Thursday. Instead, OF Mitch Haniger fouled a pitch into his groin and Friday was put on the 10-day injured list with a ruptured testicle.

Somehow he managed to stay in the game until the seventh inning, when he came out for a pinch-hitter.  The Mariners lost 8-7 in 14 innings to the Houston Astros, completing a 3-8 homestand ahead of a 10-day road trip that was to have begun at 7 p.m. Friday in Anaheim against the Angels.

When it comes to fouled balls, the Mariners have had unusually bad luck. Pitchers Josias Manzanillo and Mike Parrott were struck by line drives, and 3B Adrian Beltre missed 5½ weeks with the same injury.

Haniger, an All-Star last year, was already upon a tough season. After going 0-for-3 Thursday, he was hitting .220/.314/.,493  with 81 strikeouts in 63 games.  He has 15 home runs and 32 RBIs.

It was the Mariners’ second unusual injury of the week. Rookie OF Braden Bishop needed surgery to repair a ruptured spleen after he was struck by a pitch.

The Mariners filled Haniger’s spot with reliever Tayler Scott, 27, who upon his first appearance will not only make his big-league debut, he’ll be the first MLB pitcher from South Africa. At AAA Tacoma, he was 3-2 with a save and a 5.88 ERA (22 ER, 33.2 IP) with 44 strikeouts and 19 walks in 19 relief appearances.

The Mariners have only three regular outfielders right now: Domingo Santana, Mallex Smith and Mac Williamson, the later a free agent pick-up last week after he was let go by San Francisco.

Presumably, the Mariners will outfit them in chain mail and steel codpieces.


  • Alan Harrison

    Venting spleens and striking balls are no way to have a good day. Yowch.

    • art thiel

      Despite all, they won last night. Might be the hardest season in franchise history.

  • wabubba67

    No doubt, Haniger will eventually begin his rehab assignment in Modesto.

    • Husky73


    • art thiel

      I knew it . . . +1 to you.

      • wabubba67

        It was low hanging fruit.

  • Ken S.

    Shades of Buck Owens: ♫♫♫ If it weren’t for bad luck I’d (M’s) have no luck at all. ♫♫♫What else is going to befall the M’s before this ‘step back’ has run it’s course?

    • art thiel

      Haniger wishes he could have stepped back.

  • jafabian

    I remember when Manzanillo got nailed. We called him Josias Man-no-more after that. He still bounced back up, picked up the ball and got the runner out at first and then ran to the dugout like he always did. Then collapsed. Don’t believe he pitched the rest of the season.

    Playing with a cup can be a hassle but really, think about it. Taking a 90 MPH baseball where it counts has to make one realize the pluses and minuses about it.

    • art thiel

      I believe the nickname was Half-a-Manzanillo.

      I think a codpiece for a pitcher is mandatory.

  • Chad Terry

    Ever heard of wearing a cup, I def did in little league

  • DonMac

    Literally busting a nut for this train wreck of a team. Get well Mitch.