More injuries, more roster shuffling

The already popular Mariners' injured list is adding two more names. First baseman Evan White has officially been placed on the 10-day IL with a hip flexor strain, suffered on a diving play in last night's loss to Cleveland. Infielder/DH Ty France is headed there as well, having been unable to adequately play through wrist pain suffered from being hit on the forearm by a 98-mph fastball on April 19th.

Skeptics have already postulated that White isn't really hurt, that he's being put on the IL with "strained batting average." That seems possible but unlikely, but regardless of why it seems White will sit out for a spell and then go on a rehabilitation assignment to Triple-A Tacoma, a face-saving way to get the highly-touted sophomore player some of the development time he skipped over when jumping straight to Seattle from Double-A last season.

France has been in a massive slump since being drilled by Dodger pitcher Dustin May (himself now out of action with serious injury). In the 20 games since then, France has put up a batting line of just .157/.263/.491 (11-for-70) with 14 strikeouts, and a painful wrist would go a long way toward explaining such a sharp and instant drop in ability. Until the fateful HBP, France had been batting .311/.411/.525.

Replacing White and France on the active roster will be infielders Donovan Walton and Jack Mayfield. Walton has been in the Mariners' system since being drafted in the 5th round in 2016 and had already seen some time with Seattle (12 games in 2019-’20). Mayfield was a waiver-claim acquisition a few weeks ago, having been designated for assignment by the Angels. In 115 big-league plate appearances for Houston and the Angels, Mayfield has a quite modest .165/.193/.275 Major League batting line but has been respectable in Triple-A (.290/.335/.474 since 2017).


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