First baseman Mike Carp felt a "pop" in his hip while stretching for a routine throw, and left Sunday's game against the Angels.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — A tough season of injuries for Mike Carp may have taken another dark twist Sunday when he came out of the game with hip tightness.
Carp had made a stretching grab of a Kyle Seager throw to first base in the fifth inning when he “felt something pop” in the side of his hip. His stretch was routine, but loose dirt near the bag caused him to slip and extend more than he wanted.
“I’ll get it re-evaluated and hopefully that’s it,” Carp said. “Hopefully, it’ll be OK.”
Carp said the hip remained sore after the game.
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Carp sprained his shoulder diving for a ball during the season opener in Japan and went on the disabled list. He came back a month later, but struggled and went back on the DL to let the injury better heal.
He’s hitting .206 in just 49 games.
Chone Figgins took over for Carp as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and singled for his first of two hits. Figgins added an RBI triple in the ninth.
Figgins has barely played since losing his everyday job a month into the season, but said staying sharp is not an issue.
“I can hit, man,” Figgins said. “I don’t care what nobody says. I can hit and I can play. That’s all I need to see. To keep proving that to myself. No matter how bad it’s going. Keep working hard and keep playing.”
Figgins also snared a hard line drive to third base to begin the bottom of the ninth.
“I barely even saw it,” he said, laughing.
Franklin Gutierrez has suffered another setback in his recovery from a late-June beaning, and a return to the team before September now looks increasingly unlikely.
Gutierrez had been due to begin an injury rehabilitation assignment on Sunday with Class A Everett, but that was scuttled after he experienced more headaches Saturday night. He is to be re-evaluated by a medical specialist on Monday.
“Now, we’ve got to put the brakes on again,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said before Sunday’s game. “So, it’s disappointing.”
Gutierrez went 12 for 45 (.267) with a .757 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 13 games before being beaned near his ear by a June 29 pickoff throw. He initially suffered a concussion. The team says an inner-ear problem is the likely cause of continuing headaches.
Wedge said the outfielder’s absence is felt.
“It just makes such an impact on our club,” he said. “We’ve had a couple of games on this road trip where if we had a different outfield, we’d probably win.
“And just the impact he makes on our lineup, with a right-handed bat with experience that you could really hit anywhere,” Wedge added. “And you know I value that, in this day and age.”
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