GM Jerry Dipoto indicated Saturday that Haniger (back/core) has no timeline for his return to baseball activities, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The 29-year-old has continued his rehab work remotely since the start of the league-wide shutdown, and he's still working through strength and mobility exercises. Haniger underwent sports hernia surgery and back surgery in February and remains without a timeline for his return, as Dipoto said "I don't know how long that's going to take" and indicated the club is slow playing the outfielder's rehab.
Haniger (back/core) said last week that he's been able to do some core exercises for strength and mobility at his home in California since MLB suspended its season, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports. Haniger said the league-wide shutdown hasn't had too much of an impact on his rehab program yet, as he's still able to do most of his strengthening exercises on his own and then relaying his progress to the team's training staff. The real test for Haniger's health coming off back and core-muscle surgeries will come when he reaches the point where he's ready to incorporate baseball activities into his training. Prior to the season being suspended, Haniger was expected to miss most of the first half, so he won't be a safe bet to be ready to go even if Opening Day doesn't come until June.
Haniger (back) will be limited to walking for approximately one more week before he begins ramping up his rehab process, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Haniger is still in recovery from the microdisectomy he underwent three weeks ago to repair a herniated disc. When also factoring in an early-February procedure to repair a torn adductor muscle, the outfielder underwent two surgeries over a three-week period, making his deliberate recovery completely understandable. Haniger remains without a timetable for a return to action, but a possible 2020 debut date should start to come more into focus as he begins to work through the rehabilitation process.
Haniger (back) said Thursday that he won't be able to lift weights for at least one month following his Feb. 13 microdiscectomy surgery, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The outfielder is without an official timetable to return to game action. Haniger's availability for Opening Day was already in doubt after he required core-muscle surgery a month ago, but the subsequent back procedure officially ended any chance he had of avoiding the injured list to begin the season. The 29-year-old's recovery from the lower-back operation looks like his primary concern, as doctors haven't cleared him for any activity other than light walking for the first month after surgery. Even if he's cleared to resume weight-bearing exercises by mid- or late March, Haniger would still need to complete his own version of spring training before the Mariners would likely pinpoint a target date for his 2020 debut. At this stage, don't count on Haniger seeing game action until at least May, though he did say Thursday that he remains confident he'll play at some point this season.
Haniger (back) arrived in camp Wednesday but appears to have lost a notable amount of weight and muscle, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Haniger is recovering from both sports hernia and microdiscectomy surgery, so the fact his body mass has seen a decline isn't necessarily surprising. The outfielder has no timetable for return at present but is scheduled to speak to the media Thursday, when he's likely to provide more details on his condition.