Healy was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with lower-back inflammation. Initially he was diagnosed with a back strain, and the inflammation the team cites is more of a symptom than an actual injury. Healy was hitting .245/.263/.415 with two home runs in 15 games this month. Dylan Moore was activated from the 10-day IL in a corresponding move. A combination of Moore and Tim Beckham figure to fill in at third base in the short term. Healy will be eligible to return May 31.
The Mariners could place Healy (back) on the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the Rangers, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports. Brock relays that the Mariners are set to call up Shed Long from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, despite the fact that the infielder was optioned to the minors just five days earlier. A player can't be brought back from the minors in less than 10 days without a corresponding IL move, and with Healy the only player on the active roster believed to be dealing with an injury, he would seem to be the most likely IL candidate. Healy exited early in Monday's 10-9 loss to the Rangers with a back strain and was replaced by Daniel Vogelbach, but Tim Beckham would be the player most likely to take on a full-time role if Healy does in fact require a stay on the IL.
Healy exited Monday night's game against the Rangers with a back strain, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Healy left the contest after his third at-bat, which is when he felt his back tighten up. He'll be considered day-to-day until the extent of the injury is uncovered.
Healy went 1-for-4 on Thursday, drilling a solo home run in a loss to the Twins. Healy and teammate J.P. Crawford hit back-to-back home runs off Michael Pineda in the fifth in a losing effort. Healy has struggled of late, collecting only three hits in his last 23 at-bats, but he continues to be a legitimate power source for the Mariners despite hitting only .239 for the season.
Healy is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale at Boston, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Healy started the last six games at third base but is 0-for-12 over the last three contests, dropping his season slash line to .236/.294/.472. Tim Beckham will start at the hot corner in his absence, while recent callups J.P. Crawford and Shed Long will play shortstop and second base, respectively.