Mariners Reinstate Mitch Haniger From 60-Day IL

Between today’s doubleheader games with the Angels, the Mariners have reinstated the outfielder Mitch Haniger off the 60-day injured list. Abraham Torro was optioned on Triple-A in the corresponding move.

Haniger has only played nine games this year, due to both a two-week COVID-related stint on IL to start the season, and then that extended 60-day trip to IL due to… 2 high ankle sprain. Tonight’s game will mark only the second time Haniger has been able to enter the pitch since April 15. 2022 was another injury-plagued year for Haniger, who missed more than half of the 2019 season and the entire 2020 season due to a ruptured testicle.

Haniger had become a productive bat for the Mariners in 2017-18 and was named to the AL All-Star Team in 2018. Returning from his lengthy layoff last year, Haniger has essentially picked up where he left off. was stopped, hitting .253/.318/.485 with 39 home runs in 691 plate appearances and 157 games in 2021.

A healthy and fit Haniger is a huge boost to the Mariners’ chances of finally returning to the playoffs for the first time in 2001. But Haniger’s return as a regular right fielder will move Adam Frazier return to full-time second base. Julio Rodriguez Still recovering from a wrist injury, but a Seattle outfield with Rodriguez and Haniger is a much more daunting challenge for opposing pitchers.

With just under two months remaining in the regular season, Haniger will at least get some kind of platform to post numbers and add to his market as a free agent this winter. Between his injury history and his age (Haniger will be 32 on Opening Day), the outfielder will need a big finish to give himself a chance at a lucrative multi-year contract. With the qualifying offer now back in play for all free agents, Haniger could be an intriguing candidate to receive and possibly accept a QO, assuming the Mariners are willing to make what would be an 18-to-1 investment. $19 million in Haniger on a one-year contract.

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