A four-game winning streak has added some pep to the Seattle Mariners' step. Unfortunately, it hasn't been all good news for the club as the team lost starting first baseman Ty France to an arm injury during Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Unfortunately, things have taken a turn for the worse. Although initial X-ray results came back negative, an MRI has revealed that France is dealing with a Grade 2 flexor strain in his right forearm and has been placed on the 10-day injured list as a result.
Ty France Injury Update
In the meantime, the Mariners will certainly feel France's absence. The right-handed slugger leads his club in hits (87) and RBIs (45) while smashing 10 home runs, only trailing Eugenio Suarez (13). Furthermore, France's .316/.390/.476 slash line is the best of his four-year MLB career.
The Mariners are fortunate that their upcoming schedule is relatively stress-free. Their next nine games are against a combination of the Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles and Athletics — all sub-.500 teams. If they can maintain their current momentum, life without France may not be that bad.
Dylan Moore assumed France's duties at first on Friday night and will likely stay there until the 27-year-old returns. The former 2015 seventh-round pick is batting .170 in 48 games (88 at-bats) this season, tallying a trio of HRs and nine RBIs.
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