The Mariners will probably be with out outfielder Mitch Haniger for at the very least 5 days, if not longer, after he examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Manager Scott Servais made the announcement Saturday afternoon as place gamers have been submitting onto the sphere for a pregame exercise.
“Mitch is going to go on the COVID IL,” Servais stated. “He’s got some symptoms and tested positive. We’ll be without him for a few days and hopefully no new symptoms and he clears tests here. I think five days is the kind of a minimum you have to be out. We’ll continue to test him and hopefully get him back as soon as we can.”
Haniger wasn’t feeling properly following the Mariners’ 11-1 win within the house opener over the Houston Astros. He took a house COVID check early Saturday morning, which got here again optimistic, and it was verified with a second check later at T-Mobile Park. Haniger should quarantine for the 5 days after which check detrimental on consecutive days whereas displaying no signs.
“Not great news,” Servais stated. “But you have to deal with this stuff. It’s everywhere and you are starting to see it cropping up a little bit around the league and now it’s in our clubhouse.”
Haniger had performed in all eight of the Mariners sport this season, posting a .176/.200/.471 slash line with a double, three homers, seven RBI, a stroll and 9 strikeouts.
Jarred Kelenic served because the beginning proper fielder in Haniger’s place whereas Eugenio Suarez moved from third base to designated hitter with Abraham Toro added to the lineup and beginning at third base.
The Mariners recalled infielder Donovan Walton from Class AAA Tacoma to take Haniger’s spot on the roster. He will function the back-up utility infielder with Dylan Moore seemingly serving as the additional outfielder when wanted.
Servais wasn’t conscious of any potential contact-tracing absences primarily based on shut contact between Haniger and teammates.
“I don’t know how that all works out,” Servais stated. “I know he has to report the contact tracing stuff like if you’ve been within six feet of somebody for 15 consecutive minutes or something like that. I think that’s kind of one of the stipulations that identifies whether you’re in close contact with somebody. We’ll just have to wait and see how all that comes back.”
Last season, gamers have been required to put on Kinexon tracing wristbands with GPS trackers to watch potential close-contact conditions. Those wristbands usually are not being worn this season. Based on the amended insurance policies introduced in 2021, gamers who’re totally vaccinated do not need to quarantine on a detailed contact tracing if they don’t seem to be displaying signs.
Over the final week, a handful of Major League Baseball gamers have examined optimistic for COVID-19 and others have been positioned on the COVID damage record due to signs or contact tracing, together with Mets regulars Mark Canha and Brandon Nimmo, Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez and Oakland outfielder Stephen Piscotty. MLB enormously rescinded its COVID pointers and insurance policies, however continues to be sustaining a COVID injured record that doesn’t have a minimal variety of days required earlier than being activated.
The up to date protocols have been agreed upon a number of days after the homeowners and MLB Players Association agreed on new collective bargaining settlement.
Per a narrative from the Associated Press, gamers are usually are not required to bear common obligatory testing whether or not they’re vaccinated or not. They are solely topic to testing when displaying COVID signs.