Vogelbach suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch on Friday. He underwent a MRI on Saturday, which revealed no breaks.
PEORIA, Ariz. — The Mariners received some good news on the health status of Daniel Vogelbach. A MRI showed that there were no breaks in his injured right foot. It’s been diagnosed as a severe contusion.
“It’s just really sore and he’s got some swelling in there,” manager Scott Servais said. “So in about 3-4 days we are hoping to get him back out there. But we’ll see.”
Vogelbach suffered the injury in the Cactus League opener on Friday when he was hit by a pitch from Brett Kennedy in the first inning. He continued to play in the game and even hit a double in the sixth inning.
“It hurt, but I just tied my shoe up really tight so I could stay in there,” he said. “When I took my shoe off, it blew up.”
With Vogelbach sidelined from action the next few days and Ryon Healy already recovering from the hand surgery, it leaves Mike Ford as the only true first baseman on the 40-man roster that’s healthy in camp. Matt Hague, who was invited on minor league contract, is also a first baseman and we’ll get some reps.
“We were joking that I should change lockers,” Ford said, acknowledging his spot in between Healy and Vogelbach in the clubhouse.
The injury attrition is a benefit for Ford, who will get plenty of at-bats to showcase himself. Selected in the Rule 5 draft from the Yankees, he has a chance to be on the opening day roster if Healy isn’t ready to go.
“It’s not how you want to get those at-bats,” he said. “But I have to take advantage of them.”
For people that love prospects, the injuries to Healy and Vogelbach also gives last year’s first-round draft pick and No. 2 overall prospect Evan White to play in Cactus League games. He made his debut in Saturday’s 5-3 loss and will play again on Sunday.
White went 0-for-2 at the plate, but he made a brilliant pick on a shorthop throw while doing the splits in a stretch. He came in with the reputation of being brilliant defensive first baseman and that was a prime example.
“Yeah, that glove is pretty special,” Servais said. “It’s what we’d heard. I thought he handled himself great. He’s a really good athlete. That’s what I’d always heard and you kind of see it play out on the field. I was excited to see him play and he’ll play again a little bit today. Our first basemen are a little banged up right now with Healy out and Vogey out. Ford will play today and then we’ll probably get White in there again.”
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*** For the first time since both have been to the big leagues, Kyle Seager and Corey Seager will play against each other in a game. The past few years in the Cactus League when the Mariners and Dodgers would face each other, one of the Seager brothers was absent from the lineup. Corey Seager is at DH and will be second for Los Angeles, while Kyle Seager will see his first Cactus League action this spring at his customary spot at third base and batting fifth.
The Mariners will face the Dodgers in interleague play this season at Safeco Field on August 17-19.
*** Right-hander Nick Rumbelow exited Saturday’s game with a cut on his thumb, but it won’t cause him to miss any time.
“He just ripped his skin here,” Servais said pointing to the base of the thumb. “He came through on a pitch and his nail ripped it and it was bleeding everywhere. He’s fine. He’ll make his next turn.”