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July 8, 2020 07:52 PM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: May not play in 2020
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

GM Jerry Dipoto said Wednesday that Haniger (back) hasn't resumed baseball activities and there's a possibility he doesn't play this season, Lauren Smith of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

The 29-year-old was placed on the 60-day injured list before the start of summer training last week, which was a solid indication he may not be taking the field anytime soon. Haniger first went down with a ruptured testicle last summer and required multiple surgeries, and he also had a procedure to fix a vertebrae in his lower back in February. The team is making sure the outfielder doesn't push things beyond where he's comfortable in he recovery, which makes sense given the myriad of issues he's returning from. The Mariners don't appear in a rush to put Haniger on the field for the shortened 2020 campaign, though for now he has yet to be officially ruled out.

June 29, 2020 04:12 PM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Moves to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger (back) was placed on the 60-day injured list Sunday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

GM Jerry Dipoto said Wednesday he wasn't sure of Haniger's status for summer camp, but his removal from the 40-man roster makes clear he needs additional time before retaking the field. The 29-year-old ruptured a testicle last summer and required additional surgeries in early 2020 for that issue, and he also underwent a microdisectomy in February to fix a vertebrae in his lower back. Jake Fraley is expected to see time in left field for Seattle, and it remains unclear if Haniger will be able to participate in the shortened 2020 season.

June 25, 2020 02:20 AM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Status remains uncertain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said Wednesday that he's unsure of Haniger's (back) status for spring training 2.0, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

It has been more than a full calendar year since Haniger last played in a major-league game. He suffered a ruptured testicle last summer and was forced to undergo additional procedures early in 2020 to address that issue. The 29-year-old also went under the knife for a microdisectomy to repair a vertebrae in his lower back. If Haniger is not ready, we could see a fair amount of Jake Fraley in left field to begin the shortened season.

April 12, 2020 12:28 AM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Remains without recovery timeline
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

GM Jerry Dipoto indicated Saturday that Haniger (back/core) has no timeline for his return to baseball activities, Greg Johns of 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.

April 2, 2020 02:24 PM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Doing light exercise at home
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 6, 2020 12:36 AM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Ramping up rehab soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger (back) will be limited to walking for approximately one more week before he begins ramping up his rehab process, Greg Johns of 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.

February 20, 2020 11:32 AM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Out at least one month
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

February 20, 2020 12:44 AM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Arrives in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 19, 2020 11:40 AM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Yet to report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger (back) has yet to report to camp as he continues recovery from microdiscectomy surgery in California, Greg Johns of reports.

The oft-injured outfielder actually underwent two early February surgeries, with Haniger also going through a sports hernia procedure in addition to the microdiscectomy. Haniger remains without a firm timetable for a return to action, so the fact he's yet to report to camp isn't particularly surprising nor concerning at this point.

February 14, 2020 10:36 AM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Recovering from back surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The surgery Haniger (abdomen) underwent Thursday was a microdiscectomy to repair a vertebrae in his lower back, Greg Johns of reports.

Haniger also underwent sports hernia surgery in February and remains without a timeline for his return, though general manager Jerry Dipoto indicated they do expect him to play this season. The 29-year-old ruptured a testicle in June and missed the rest of the season, and his outlook for the 2020 campaign isn't much improved. Haniger should be considered out indefinitely until the team provides a recovery timetable.

February 13, 2020 10:24 PM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Undergoes another procedure
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger (abdomen) underwent another surgery Thursday, Jeff Passan of reports.

According to Passan, this marks the second surgery that Haniger has undergone in the last three weeks, and it's expected to push back his 2020 debut significantly. The details of his timetable remain unclear at this point, though more information should become available when he's cleared to begin baseball activities.

February 4, 2020 05:00 PM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Remains without timetable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger has undergone sports hernia surgery but does not have a clear timetable for his return, Greg Johns of reports.

Haniger has been sidelined since rupturing a testicle back in June. A recent setback required a second surgery. The outfielder's timeline was said to be 6-to-8 weeks as recently as late January, but general manager Jerry Dipoto wouldn't commit to a clear timeline Tuesday, saying that a timetable wouldn't become clear until Haniger reported to spring training. His availability for Opening Day and beyond appears to be at risk.

January 23, 2020 02:52 PM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Status for Opening Day in jeopardy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger will undergo core surgery and is expected to be sidelined for 6-to-8 weeks, Greg Johns of reports.

Haniger, who underwent surgery in June after rupturing a testicle, reportedly suffered a setback in his recovery earlier in the week. As such, he'll require a second procedure, which is expected to keep him sidelined for most, if not all of spring training -- and possibly the first month of the season, as he'll need to get up to speed with his own abbreviated spring training before being cleared for game action. Jake Fraley and Braden Bishop are both internal candidates who could fill Haniger's void in the outfield to open the season.

January 10, 2020 04:28 PM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Gets just north of $3 million
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger (back) agreed to a one-year, $3.01 million deal with the Mariners on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.

He had a lost 2019 season due to injury, but is expected to enter spring training without restrictions. While Haniger is a popular name in internet trade rumors, the Mariners may opt to let him reestablish his value this season before shipping him out of town. He is under club control through the 2022 season.

September 30, 2019 12:32 PM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Should be unrestricted in spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger (back) said Sunday that he expects to be fully healthy within the next month or so and enter spring training with no restrictions, Greg Johns of reports.

Initially placed on the injured list in June after rupturing his testicle and requiring surgery, Haniger ultimately failed to make it back to action for the Mariners after experiencing back issues during the rehab process that were likely related to the procedure. Haniger noted prior to the Mariners' season-ending win over the Athletics that he's gradually been able to increase his activities over the past week, setting him up for what should be a relatively normal offseason. Assuming he enters the spring with his health intact, the 28-year-old would make for an attractive bounce-back candidate after earning an All-Star nod in 2018, when he hit .285 with 26 home runs.

September 21, 2019 09:52 PM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Season very likely over
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger (back) has still not been officially ruled out for the season, but his back hasn't shown any tangible improvement and he's likely to sit out the team's remaining games, Greg Johns of reports. "He still has a few issues going on," manager Scott Servais said. "Obviously we're at the point in the season where it doesn't look great for him getting back on the field. I don't rule out anything, but it would be very difficult."

Haniger has been in this current holding pattern for several weeks at this point, and the clock continues to increasingly tick toward an official shutdown. If the outfielder's 2019 campaign is indeed over, he'll enter spring training next season looking to rebound from a forgettable .220/.314/.463 line across 283 plate appearances (63 games).

September 16, 2019 11:40 AM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Still on hold despite improvement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger (back) has seen some improvement in his back issues over the last couple of days but will not be on the Mariners' six-game road trip that begins Tuesday, Greg Johns of reports. "I'm just kind of waiting," manager Scott Servais said. "He is feeling better. The issues he had with his back are starting to calm down, which is good. It's just been a crazy year. Sometimes that happens."

Haniger still technically retains a remote chance of seeing game action before the regular season concludes, although the potential for such naturally narrows with each passing day. The outfielder has been sidelined over three months at this point, and without the availability of minor-league rehab at-bats in the latter portion of September, his timing at the plate might leave much to be desired if he did manage a return.

September 13, 2019 09:16 PM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Not ruled out for season yet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger (back) hasn't been ruled out for the rest of the regular season yet, Greg Johns of reports.

Haniger hasn't been cleared to resume baseball activities after being shut down from his rehab assignment, though the Mariners still believe he has a chance to return. Manager Scott Servais did admit that "the clock is ticking," however, so Haniger will likely need to progress quickly if he wishes to be reinstated from the injured list before the 2019 campaign comes to an end.

September 12, 2019 01:56 PM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Return chances bleaker than ever
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger (groin/back) remains shut down from his rehab assignment due to back tightness and all indications are that he will not return this season, Greg Johns of reports.

The ailing outfielder received a second opinion on his back earlier in the week, an evaluation that yielded no reason for optimism, even as it didn't reveal any new concerns. Haniger's back issues have stubbornly resisted treatment to this point, and with rookie Kyle Lewis quickly making a splash with two home runs in his first two major-league games, the non-contending Mariners have even less reason to push Haniger back on the field at this late stage of the campaign.

September 9, 2019 03:24 PM
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Nothing new after second opinion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Haniger (groin/back) didn't hear anything new from his second opinion on his strained lower back, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Haniger suffered the back issue in late August while working his way back from a ruptured testicle. His newer injury hasn't been responding well to treatment, making it a virtual certainty that the outfielder's season is over unless his condition takes an unexpected turn for the better within the next few days.

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