The Seattle Mariners are going through an up-and-down season so far as they currently sit in fourth place in the AL West division with a record of 31-35. Things do not seem to be getting much better as star outfielder Mitch Haniger left Sunday's game after fouling a ball off his knee.
Haniger suffered the injury in his first at-bat of the game and was in obvious pain afterwards. He immediately left the game, which doesn't bode well for his status moving forward. Seattle should release an update regarding the extent of Haniger's injury in the coming days.
The Mariners cannot afford to lose Haniger's bat as he has been their best hitter at the plate this season. The 30-year-old leads the team in a number of categories including home runs (16), RBI (40), runs scored (43) and hits (65). He has been an everyday starter out in right field.
Haniger has dealt with injuries over the course of his career and missed the entirety of the 2020 season because of a groin injury. Seattle has to hope that this one isn't too serious and that Haniger may even be able to avoid a stint on the injured list.
Jake Fraley took Haniger's spot in the lineup on Sunday and he would be the one to see more playing time if the injury becomes a long-term concern. The Mariners remain a long shot to win the World Series with odds set at +15000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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