ANAHEIM, Calif. — The diagnosis wasn’t completely awful, but it was far from ideal.

After playing in 142 of the Mariners’ 143 games this season, third baseman Eugenio Suarez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a small fracture in his right index finger before Saturday’s game at Angel Stadium. Suarez will travel to Phoenix on Monday to see a hand specialist for a more detailed diagnosis.

Infielder/outfielder Dylan Moore (oblique strain) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and took Suarez’s spot on the 28-man active roster.

“Geno will go to the IL,” manager Scott Servais said with disappointment apparent in his voice. “Unfortunately, (expletive) happens, and it happened last night.”

The moment of profanity from the always-measured Servais speaks to the frustration felt from losing one of the Mariners’ hottest hitters with 19 games remaining in the season and the team trying to cement its first postseason berth since 2001.

Suarez suffered the injury in the fourth inning of Friday’s 8-7 loss to the Angels. With two outs, Luis Rengifo hit a hard ground ball to third that took a bad hop and caught the tip of Suarez’s finger as he fielded it. He was able to complete the play, throwing to first base for the final out. But the finger began to swell and get more sore in the dugout.

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Suarez was in obvious pain when swinging the bat in the top of the fifth and was removed from the game after being unable to throw without discomfort in warmups.

“Every team has to go through different things throughout the year,” Servais said. “Mitch Haniger was probably our best offensive player all last year and we missed him for 3 1/2, almost 4 months of the season. We’ve been able to survive because other guys have stepped up. And that’s what we need to do now. Geno was as hot as anybody. I loved where he was trending and how it was going with some huge hits and homers. This creates opportunity for other guys to step up.”

Abraham Toro got the start at third base for Saturday night’s game against the Angels. He will be the immediate option at third base with Jake Lamb and Moore also options to play the position. Servais also had a brief meeting with first baseman Ty France and asked if he would start working pregame at third base. France was a third baseman in college and came to the Mariners as a third baseman from the Padres.

“Some of it will be matchup driven,” Servais said. “We’ll use different guys in there at different points. I really hope Abe Toro steps up. He’s gonna get the majority of the reps over there early on. He did so many good things for us last year. This year, it’s been a struggle. He’s had a lot of big hits, but the consistency really hasn’t been there offensively. Hopefully, this helps get him going.”

This season, Toro struggled to the point where he was sent down to Class AAA Tacoma in early August despite some big late-inning hits. In his first 84 games before his demotion, Toro had a .180/.239/.322 slash line with 11 doubles, a triple, eight homers, 26 RBI, 20 walks and 47 strikeouts in 285 plate appearances. He was recalled from Tacoma on Aug. 30 when Moore went on the IL.

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In eight games since his return, Toro has four hits in 22 plate appearances with a homer, four RBI, a walk and four strikeouts.

The Mariners hope that Suarez’s finger heals enough to the point where he could return to at least serve as a designated hitter.

“The biggest thing is going to be throwing,” Servais said. “I think he’ll be able to come back and swing the bat hopefully by the end of the 10 days. But we don’t know when he’s going to be able to feel comfortable throwing. It’s never ideal timing when you lose a key player like that. He has been going so good for us.”

Besides playing solid defense at third base, Suarez is leading the Mariners with 31 homers. He has a .236/.335/.472 slash line on the season with 23 doubles and 84 RBI. He’s been a big contributor during this postseason push.

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.

Notes

  • Julio Rodriguez was scratched from the starting lineup about 20 minutes before first pitch because of lower back tightness. Taylor Trammell, who was tracking fly balls in center field during batting practice, was inserted into center field.
  • Mitch Haniger, who is also dealing with lower back stiffness, is expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday.