Moore (calf) latest Mariners player to go on IL

May 20th, 2021

SEATTLE -- Dylan Moore is the latest everyday Mariners player to hit the injured list, as Seattle’s starting second baseman was shelved on Wednesday with a left calf strain that he sustained a few days ago, manager Scott Servais said. Infielder Jack Mayfield was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

Moore sat out Monday’s game against Detroit to let the calf heal, but after returning to the field Tuesday, it hadn’t responded as he had hoped.

Moore is the ninth player from Seattle's 26-man Opening Day roster currently on the IL, and his issue surfaced just as his bat was emerging from a tough slump with the Mariners needing all the offensive help they can get right now.

Moore hit .265/.324/.618 with three homers and eight RBIs over his past 10 games, ranking just behind Mitch Haniger in most offensive categories during that stretch. Meanwhile, Seattle’s season batting average dipped to an MLB-low .199 after being no-hit by Detroit's Spencer Turnbull on Tuesday.

So, how will Mariners manager Scott Servais handle second base for the time being?

Mayfield will likely see action against left-handed pitching, as was the case Wednesday when he started against the Tigers’ Tarik Skubal. Left-handed-hitting Donovan Walton will likely be the guy against righties. Utility man Sam Haggerty will see some time there, too.

Ty France will be an option when he returns from the IL, and while he has started doing some defensive work, he hasn't swung a bat yet.

What about Shed Long Jr.? He’s eligible to come off the 60-day injured list on May 28 and has been taking at-bats and playing the field in extended spring training in Arizona, but he’s yet to go a full nine innings, per Servais. Long would need to regularly do so to ensure that his surgically-repaired right shin is fully healed, then he’d be ticketed for a stint at Triple-A Tacoma to face tougher pitching. In a best-case scenario, it’d still be at least a few weeks to clear all those hurdles.

Evan White, who is dealing with a strained left hip flexor, has started to regain some strength and mobility, per Servais, but the first baseman is still a way off from returning.

The day after a no-no
After a frustrating night that underscored the Mariners’ offensive struggles of late, Servais reflected on the club being no-hit for the second time in 13 days:

“We've struggled to put any consistency together offensively, probably over the last 30 days or so," Servais said. "It has been a battle. Like I said last night, I thought we were working our way out of it through the back end of the Cleveland series, and again, it's you take a step forward, take a step back, you've got to keep fighting through it.

“The injury bug doesn't help things, as we have new players coming in, but we'll try to make some adjustments approach-wise, and you've heard me talk about this and we continue to stress with our team and I have already had a few sit-down, one-on-one conversations, just to kind of get a feel for where some guys are at. But getting back to using the whole field is absolutely critical to hitting in our game, and certainly with the level of pitching that we're seeing night in and night out.

“[We’ve] got to get back into using the opposite-field gap that allows you to stay on a few more balls and hopefully not roll over so many pitches or pop so many pitches up. … I've been in baseball a long time, and when you're struggling, it's the foundation. It's the base of what you go back to, and that's where we need to get to.”

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