Haniger went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and a walk in an extra-innings win over the Athletics in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday. Haniger launched a 397-foot solo shot to left in the third off Marco Estrada for his first homer of the season. The 28-year-old had gone hitless in the opener Wednesday, but he knocked the cover off the ball in signature fashion on both occasions in which he hit safely Thursday. Haniger operated out of the No. 2 hole in the order for the season-opening two-game series.
Haniger hit a two-run home run in a 6-4 exhibition victory over the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The talented outfielder endured lower-back soreness earlier in spring training, and he was hitting just .182 across 22 at-bats in Cactus League play prior to the overseas trip. However, Haniger has flashed plenty of pop when he has hit; his four hits consist of two doubles and two homers, not including Saturday's round tripper.
Haniger (back) played in Thursday's intrasquad game and got a single off Justus Sheffield, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. He was not in the lineup for the official Cactus League game Thursday, but the fact that he played in the B game is a good sign. Assuming his back feels OK when he wakes up Friday, we could see him in the lineup against the Cubs.
Haniger (back) isn't included in the lineup for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Reds. Haniger expressed confidence that he would be fully recovered from his back injury and ready to rejoin the lineup this week, but any potential return looks like it won't come until at least Friday. The fact that Haniger has at least been able to take batting practice in recent days suggests his injury isn't a major concern.
Haniger said he was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Padres after tweaking his back while doing dead lifts two days earlier, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. The Mariners' off-day Monday didn't provide sufficient time for Haniger to recover from the injury and rejoin the lineup, but he doesn't anticipate the back issue holding him out for long. Haniger was still able to take batting practice and perform most pregame drills Tuesday and believes he'll be back in the lineup within the next few days.
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