Long underwent surgery in mid-October to address a stress fracture in his right leg, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. The 26-year-old was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday, and his agent, Nate Heisler, detailed the injury in the wake of the move. Long played through a stress fracture in both of the last two seasons, which may partially explain his .184/.250/.325 slash line in 68 games over that stretch. A similar surgery last offseason didn't wind up leading to the desired result on the field, but he'll hope for better luck this time around. He expects to be ready for spring training but will likely be suiting up for a new team, as he'll become a free agent after the World Series.
The Mariners transferred Long (lower leg) to the 60-day injured list Saturday, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports. The move almost certainly ends Long's season, as he was placed on the injured list Aug. 2 with a right shin stress reaction and won't be eligible to return until the beginning of October. If he's played his last game in 2021, Long will have slashed .198/.258/.360 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 121 plate appearances.
Long was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shin stress reaction Monday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Long hadn't appeared in any of the last three games, and he's apparently been dealing with an injury. Whether he's forced to miss more than the minimum of 10 days remains to be seen, but his move to the IL will clear room for Jake Fraley (illness), who was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday.
Long remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers. On the bench for the third game in a row, Long appears to have been one of the big losers following the Mariners' trade-deadline acquisition of Abraham Toro. With Toro expected to handle a near-everyday role at second base or designated hitter, Dylan Moore and Jake Bauers have been picking up more work in the corner outfield at Long's expense.
Long went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a run in a win over the Astros on Monday. Kyle Seager and Dylan Moore drew the headlines with their big blasts, but Long played a role in the wild comeback win with a timely sixth-inning knock that brought the Mariners within a run. The multi-hit effort was a rare taste of offensive success for the struggling second baseman, who hadn't managed more than one hit in a game since June 17.