|Morse injured -- out up to a week|
by Rick Randall of SeattleClubhouse.com, April 12, 2013 at 2:37 am ET
Mike Morse Profile
According to postgame reports from the clubhouse (i.e., Tweets from the beat crew), Mike Morse suffered a "small, non-displaced fracture" in his left pinky in the 7th inning in an at bat that ultimately ended in him being hit in the shoulder by a pitch from Texas reliever Tanner Scheppers.
Manager Eric Wedge said that the injury was minor and that Morse would only be out "three to seven days", but with Michael Saunders hitting the DL earlier in the day and Casper Wells' long assumed fate being realized this week, too, as he was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle's abundance of outfield depth has suddenly become an issue.
With Saunders and Morse both out, the Mariners are down their top two options in right field. Veteran Endy Chavez was recalled earlier in the day and he has extensive experience playing all three outfield positions. Chavez -- signed late in spring -- is important to the club because Franklin Gutierrez's health remains a concern, and Wedge has alluded to the fact that they don't want Franklin -- who is off to a great start -- playing every day. Raul Ibanez started 11 games in right for the New York Yankees last season, which represented the most time he's spent at the position since 2002 when he was with Seattle. Jason Bay has played 12 2/3 innings in right field this season with Seattle but he had just eight innings there in his career before the year started.
The other side of the injuries to Morse and Saunders is that they were two of the only players hitting and two key offensive cogs for a Mariners team that has now dropped three straight in their opening homestand while the offense struggles once again. Bay, Ibanez and Chavez -- all experience veterans -- have been offensive forces in the past, but it wasn't the Mariners' vision that any of them would be holding down a starting job so early in the season.