I saw something on Twitter saying that when the M’s score at least five runs, Papa Johns will run a 50% off promotion. I commented to a friend of mine, in the Mariner fan pessimism that sets in every mid-April, that this probably wouldn’t happen again until August. Again, the world showed its spite for me by both having the Mariners score more than five runs and get blown out.
Haniger and Hernandez Hit the DL
To ice off a pretty horrible day for the M’s, Seattle’s AL Rookie of the Year candidate and resident Venezuelan royalty both hit the DL for what will likely not be a quick stint. Haniger left the game after diving back to first on a pickoff attempt, and was diagnosed with an oblique strain. He was placed on the 10-day DL, but he’ll likely be out until at least the middle of May. This is awful news for the M’s, whose struggles on offense are nothing new, but frustrating as always.
King Felix left after two innings and four runs allowed and was saddled with the loss. He was also placed on the 10-day DL with shoulder inflammation. Manager Scott Servais told reporters: We should know a lot more in a couple days. At this point, it’s just a dead arm.”
It seems a bit more than a dead arm, as Felix will land on the DL again, perhaps repeating what was a very frustrating 2016 campaign for him.
Chase de Jong, one of today’s call-ups in response to the injuries, will start against Cleveland this weekend in Felix’s place. Outfielder Ben Gamel was brought up for the first time this season to fill Haniger’s vacancy. He just walked in a run in tonight’s game against Detroit, so he’s looking alright so far.