Mariners place Mike Zunino (ankle) on DL; Mitch Haniger (knee) scratched from lineup
A pair of injuries have impacted the Mariners’ lineup ahead of their series finale against the Los Angeles Angels, set for 7:10 p.m. Thursday on 710 ESPN Seattle.
Most notable is an ankle injury that has landed starting catcher Mike Zunino on the 10-day disabled list. Zunino, who rolled his ankle in Wednesday’s 7-4 loss to the Angels after entering the game off the bench, has been placed on the DL with what the Mariners called a left ankle bone bruise.
Catcher David Freitas was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take Zunino’s place on the roster, while Chris Herrmann was in Thursday’s lineup as the catcher.
Zunino, who started the season on the DL with an oblique strain, is hitting .189 with 12 home runs and 29 RBIs this season.
All-Star candidate Mitch Haniger is also out of action Thursday, though his injury isn’t expected to keep him out for long. Haniger, an outfielder, has a knee bruise suffered from running into a wall chasing a foul ball Wednesday.
Left fielder Denard Span will hit third in place of Haniger while Ben Gamel takes over in right field Thursday.
Also on Thursday, the Mariners released minor league pitcher Ariel Miranda from his contract to allow the left-hander to pursue an opportunity playing in Japan. We will have more on that move with comments from general manager Jerry Dipoto in a story later tonight.