Mariners’ ailing, struggling lineup loses starting 2B Dylan Moore
The hits keep on coming for the Mariners – just not the kind a baseball team is looking for.
Seattle placed second baseman Dylan Moore on the injured list Wednesday afternoon with a left calf strain, less than 24 hours after Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull became the second pitcher in less than two weeks to throw a no-hitter against the Mariners at their home ballpark.
The Mariners called up infielder Jack Mayfield from Triple-A Tacoma to take Moore’s place on the active roster.
Moore joins a long list of key players on Seattle’s IL at the moment. Most recently added to the IL were first baseman Evan White (strained left hip flexor) and Ty France (left wrist inflammation), and other notables include top starting pitcher Marco Gonzales (left forearm strain) and reliever Keynan Middleton (strained right biceps). Starter James Paxton is also out for the year following Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL suffered in the second inning of his first start this season.
Losing Moore’s bat certainly doesn’t make matters any easier on the Mariners, whose team batting average dipped below .200 with Tuesday’s no-hitter. Though he struggled mightily to begin the season and owns a .168 average and .623 OPS this season, he has warmed up recently, hitting .321 (9 for 28) with three home runs, three doubles and two walks from May 8-15 before going 0 for 6 over Seattle’s two most recent games.
Moore was a breakout player for the Mariners during the shortened 2020 season, hitting .255 with a .855 OPS, eight homers and nine doubles over 38 games. He also stole 12 bases, which tied for fourth in MLB.
In 41 games this season, Moore has five homers, seven doubles and eight steals.
With Moore and France, who can also play second base, both out of action, the 30-year-old Mayfield is in Seattle’s lineup at the position for Wednesday’s 7:10 p.m. series finale against the Tigers, which airs live on 710 ESPN Seattle beginning with the pregame show at 6 p.m.
This is Mayfield’s second stint with the Mariners this season, though he did not appear in any games while on the roster from May 14-17. He was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels last month and has 49 games of MLB experience with Houston (2019-20) and the Angels (2021). He has a career .165 average with two home runs and six doubles.