Guillermo Heredia's defense was one of his selling points when he came over from Cuba, but it hasn't been good enough to make up for his offensive shortcomings. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder doesn't have much power in his build yet, and his career 47.7 groundball percentage digs a deeper hole. To be fair, he underwent surgery in October to repair a lesion that caused a dislocation of his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Management implied he might've played through the injury for most, if not all, of the season. Even at 100 percent, he's not a legitimate threat to steal bases, which would at least make up for his modest plate work. The Mariners' acquisition of Dee Gordon to play center field leaves the right-handed bat fighting for scraps, with his best avenue being the bottom side of a platoon with Ben Gamel -- if he stays with the club. Heredia's recovery may seep into the regular season, which would put him further behind in a quest to make the 25-man roster.
Heredia (shoulder) will make his first outfield start this spring against the Giants on Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Heredia has already played in a couple Cactus League contests -- coming in as a pinch hitter both times -- but will return to left field for Thursday's outing with Opening Day just three weeks away. The outfielder underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in October. He should be at full health heading into the beginning of the regular season with a chance at cracking the Mariners' roster barring any setbacks.
Heredia said he definitely expects to be ready for Opening Day, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Heredia, who underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in October, made his Cactus League debut Friday, serving as a pinch hitter and walking twice in a pair of plate appearances. Manager Scott Servais said Heredia won't play the outfield for another week to 10 days, but assuming he continues to progress on schedule, it sounds like the 27-year-old has a good chance to be ready to go for the start of the season. He's competing for an Opening Day roster spot as a reserve outfielder, though he doesn't figure to see much playing time even if he breaks camp with the big club.
Heredia (shoulder) made his spring training debut Friday with a pinch-hit appearance against the Brewers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The appearance is Heredia's first since undergoing surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in October. His status has been up in the air for Opening Day, but appearing this early in spring training should give him a decent chance at being fully prepared by the start of the regular season. The 27-year-old outfielder hit .249/.315/.337 in 123 games for Seattle in 2017.
Heredia (shoulder) is ready to play in Cactus League games, but the team is requiring him to be cleared by a doctor before returning to the field, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Heredia should be back on the field within the next week if all goes well during his check-up. The team will likely be cautious with the outfielder and ease him back into active competition. He played in 123 games for Seattle last year, slashing .249/.315/.337 with six home runs and 24 RBI and will be looking to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster in a reserve role.
Heredia (shoulder) will meet with the Mariners' team doctors Monday and could receive full clearance for baseball activities, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Even if Heredia does get the green light to take part in workouts with the Mariners, there's a good chance the team limits his involvement in Cactus League play during the early stages of the spring. With the Mariners trading for Dee Gordon this offseason to take over as their everyday center fielder, Heredia may have to settle for a reserve role if he breaks camp with the club.