Seager could return to action as early as Thursday at the Chicago White Sox, with manager Scott Servais citing the quick turnaround as part of the reason for caution ahead of Wednesday's 12:40 first pitch.
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager will miss Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Yankees at Safeco Field after fouling a ball off his foot during Seattle’s 5-1 loss on Tuesday night.
Initial X-rays on Seager’s right foot were negative, manager Scott Servais said, but he will undergo further tests later this afternoon. Utility player Shawn O’Malley replaces Seager in the Mariners lineup, playing at third and batting seventh.
“(Seager) woke up this morning really sore. He called in and said he had issues so we adjusted the lineup,” Servais said.
Seager could return to action as early as Thursday at the Chicago White Sox, with Servais citing the quick turnaround as part of the reason for caution ahead of Wednesday’s 12:40 first pitch. Seager hasn’t missed a game since April 16 — coincidentally enough, another matchup against the Yankees — when he was given a more-standard day off.
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“It’s a little bit ironic,” Servais said. “On the last road trip, Seth Smith had fouled a ball off his foot, and Seager was the one giving him the hardest time because he had to pull out of the lineup that day. Be careful – the baseball gods, sometimes, they’ll get you.”
Nelson Cruz pulled with back spasms
Designated Hitter Nelson Cruz was removed from Wednesday’s game with back spasms, but Servais was hopeful that he, too, could recover in time for the series opener in Chicago.
Cruz went 0 for 3 before being pinch-hit for by Mike Zunino with two on in the eighth.
“I had been feeling it since yesterday,” Cruz said. “All of the at-bats I had yesterday were kind of rough. Today, when I woke up, it was worse. I tried to do the best I can to at least be in the lineup, with Seager out.
“I tried to push it and I don’t think it was the smart thing to do. But I just want to be there.”
– Seattle’s pitcher for the series opener against the White Sox is still listed as TBA, but Servais at least provided at hint on Wednesday morning: “I don’t think we can make an official announcement yet, but it’ll be a left-hander.”
– Though Wade LeBlanc was originally slated to start Saturday’s game in Chicago, Servais said it will likely be Ariel Miranda instead, since LeBlanc was used out of the bullpen on Tuesday night.
Miranda is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in four appearances since being acquired from Baltimore in a trade for Wade Miley at the beginning of last month. The Cuban native made just one career MLB appearance before coming to Seattle.
Is LeBlanc’s move to the ‘pen permanent? “We’ll have to see.”
“With the flux in our rotation, I don’t think anything’s permanent,” Servais said. “It’s kind of day-to-day. Getting (Taijuan) Walker back in, getting (James) Paxton coming soon, hopefully there will be a little bit more stability to that.”