ANAHEIM, Calif. — There were no good vibes when Eugenio Suarez walked off the field between the top and bottom of the fifth inning. And the concern on manager Scott Servais’ face was evident.
According to Suarez, he took a groundball off the tip of his index finger on his throwing hand while making a play in the fourth inning.
“The last out was a groundball right at me and a bad hop hit me right in the finger,” he said.
Suarez had X-rays at Angel Stadium, but Servais said they were inconclusive. He is expected to undergo more X-rays and likely a MRI on Saturday to see if there are fractures or any other damage.
“It’s very concerning,” Servais said.
The Mariners will likely bring in at least one player from Class AAA Tacoma to be on the taxi squad and ready to be added to the roster if needed. The Rainiers are currently playing in Los Angeles.
“Hopefully I will be back soon,” Suarez said. “It’s not a big deal right now. We’ll know more tomorrow.”
The first evidence that something was wrong occurred in the top of the fifth with Suarez at the plate. With two outs and Ty France on first, Suarez winced on a swing and miss on a first pitch slider. Later with he swung at a 2-1 slider, hitting a fly ball to right field. Upon making contact with the ball, Suarez grabbed his hand and grimaced in obvious pain.
“It started feeling uncomfortable in my at-bat,” he said. “It was swelling and I wasn’t able to grip my bat it 100 percent. It bothered me a lot.”
Suarez tried to return to play the field in the bottom of the fifth, but felt pain while trying to throw to first base during infield warmups.
“The swelling made throwing uncomfortable and that’s why I came out of the game,” he said.
Suarez has been the Mariners most durable players, appearing in 142 of Seattle’s 143 games. His last full offday was in the second game of the season in Minnesota.
Of late, he’s been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. He’s hit six homers over his past six games and leads the Mariners with 31 homers for the season. Since Aug 1, a span of 39 games, Suarez has posted a .977 OPS, batting .250 with 25 runs, four doubles, a triple, 15 home runs, 32 RBI and 19 walks. The 15 homers are tied with New York’s Aaron Judge for most in that span.