Injuries & Moves: Ray, Steckenrider not in Toronto

May 16th, 2022

Keep track of the Mariners’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.


May 16: LHP Robbie Ray, RHP Drew Steckenrider not with Mariners in Canada
TORONTO -- Steckenrider was placed on the restricted list ahead of the three-game series against the Blue Jays. The club didn't provide a reason in its release, but sources said it was due to vaccine protocols in Canada. Ray was also not with the team, Mariners manager Scott Servais said. Sources said that Ray would've been subject to the restricted list, but MLB protocols stipulate that starting pitchers aren't eligible to have their roster spots filled for Canadian-travel purposes if they've pitched within four days. Ray started Sunday in New York.

It's expected that Steckenrider will rejoin the club when it returns to the U.S. and begins a four-game series in Boston beginning Thursday, though his status could be in flux based on how the rest of the relievers pitch before then. Ray will start Friday's game at Fenway Park, per Servais. -- Daniel Kramer

May 16: LHP Roenis Elías selected from Triple-A Tacoma
TORONTO -- The veteran reliever is set to make his long-awaited return from the Tommy John surgery he underwent in March 2020. He's expected to contribute, perhaps in the long term. After spending Spring Training in the final stages of his recovery and the first month with Triple-A Tacoma building arm strength, the lefty will be back with Seattle for the first time since 2019, when he left via trade to Washington. In four outings with Tacoma, he's given up five hits and four runs. -- Daniel Kramer


10-day and 15-day IL

RHP Erik Swanson (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return: TBD
Swanson underwent an MRI in Seattle before the club's road trip that revealed "a little bit of nerve irritation" on the back side of his pitching elbow, per manager Scott Servais. Swanson experienced more discomfort after playing catch ahead of Seattle's series opener at Citi Field, which prompted the transaction to the IL and the recall of lefty Danny Young.

It's a tough break for the Mariners and Swanson, who was scoreless in each of his first 11 outings and was emerging as a higher-leverage option. That will likely open the door for those pockets to Penn Murfee, Wyatt Mills and Sergio Romo, who was activated at the start of the road trip.

"Not ideal," Servais said. "He's been throwing the ball so well. He's really been awesome. It's the best we've seen of Erik Swanson and a lot of his has to do with the development of a secondary pitches." -- Daniel Kramer (Last updated: May 15)

C Tom Murphy (dislocated left shoulder)
Expected return: A week or so
Murphy took swings in the cage at Citi Field, which was a big positive, but he's still not at 100 percent as he continues to strengthen and re-stabilize the left shoulder that he dislocated last weekend. Murphy had been having one of the best offensive starts to the season of any Mariner -- his .303 average and .894 OPS both ranked third on the team. -- Daniel Kramer (Last updated: May 13)

RF Mitch Haniger (Grade 2 high right ankle sprain)
Expected return: Months
Haniger is still wearing a boot for roughly half of the time he's been walking, and he said he expects to continue with that treatment into next week. The next steps will be to regularly walk without it, though he admittedly said that it could be a "wait and see" situation. After that, he'll need to build back strength in the area. The timeline for his injury recovery is anywhere from 8-12 weeks, meaning he's likely looking at July at the earliest, given that he'll probably need a Minor League rehab assignment to regain his timing. -- Daniel Kramer (Last updated: May 11)

CF Kyle Lewis (right knee)
Expected return:
2-3 weeks earliest
Lewis began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma, where he'll play a healthy mix between DH and left field. He'd been playing in extended spring training games and he has taken roughly four-five at-bats per contest. He has also been playing left field, which was a big test for his surgically repaired knee, in addition to some days as the DH. The progression is a hugely positive sign for the 2020 AL Rookie of the Year, though the Mariners will continue to exercise caution in his return given his history of knee injuries. -- Daniel Kramer (Last updated: May 3)

1B Evan White (left hip)
Expected return
: Months
White continues to recover from sports hernia surgery that he underwent in late March, but he's yet to begin baseball activity, Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto said. White has been working on strength and mobility conditioning, and his rehab process will likely be a matter of months. -- Daniel Kramer (Last updated: April 27)

60-day IL

RHP Ken Giles (right middle finger)
Expected return:
Giles, 31, was moved to the 60-day IL on May 8. He was placed on the 10-day injured list (right middle finger sprain) when the Mariners set their Opening Day roster on April 7. He has been playing catch, but he's yet to throw off a mound and he'll need to also build back arm strength. Giles is in the second year of a two-year, $7 million deal that has a club option for 2023. -- Daniel Kramer (Last updated: May 8)

RHP Casey Sadler (shoulder surgery)
Expected return:
Sadler will miss the entirety of the 2022 season. The 31-year-old righty found his niche in relief for Seattle last year, reeling off a franchise record 29 consecutive scoreless appearances. That streak will remain active upon his return to action.

“He was such a big part of our bullpen last year, certainly down the stretch in what he was able to do in that critical ‘pivot’ role,” manager Scott Servais said. “Disappointed for him. … He eventually will be fine, but he’s not going to pitch for us this year.” -- Jesse Borek (Last updated: March 20)