Breakout season for Mariners’ Dylan Moore cut short due to concussion
Utility player Dylan Moore has been one of the brightest spots of a surprising Mariners season, but it will end a few days early.
Moore has been placed on the seven-day concussion injured list after he was hit in the head by a fastball for the second time in less than a week in Monday’s 6-1 Mariners win over the Astros. He was hit by a 92 mph pitch from Houston’s Brandon Bielak in roughly the same spot he took a 99 mph pitch from San Francisco’s Sam Coonrod on Sept. 16.
The Mariners have called up outfielder Jake Fraley from the team’s alternate training site in Tacoma to take Moore’s roster spot.
The 28-year-old Moore has been enjoying the kind of season that may have had him in the All-Star Game conversation in a regular year. In 38 games, he has a .255 average, .855 OPS (.358 on-base percentage plus .496 slugging), eight home runs, nine doubles, 17 RBIs, 26 runs and 12 stolen bases, which is tied for third in all of baseball. Moore has appeared in at least six games less than any other player who ranks in the top five in stolen bases.
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— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 11, 2020
This is the second IL stint for Moore this year. He previously had a sprained right wrist that took him out of action in late August.
Seattle has benefited from both Moore’s bat and his versatility in the field in 2020. He has played all three outfield spots and all four infield positions, with the majority of his appearances coming at right field, left field (13 games each) and second base (10 games). He has recently played second base more after a season-ending injury to Shed Long Jr.
Mariners manager Scott Servais said Ty France will get most of the playing time at second base in the final six games of the season, according to MLB.com Mariners reporter Greg Johns.
Fraley, 25, has appeared in six games for Seattle this season. He is batting .174 (4 for 23) with a double, a triple and two stolen bases. He is in the lineup in left field for Tuesday’s game against the Astros. Game 2 of Mariners-Astros will air on 710 ESPN Seattle beginning with the pregame show at 5 p.m. and followed by first pitch at 6:10.