Mariners playing Frazier at SS with Moore to IL, Crawford banged up
Aug 30, 2022, 1:29 PM | Updated: 1:34 pm
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The Mariners have been pretty healthy for the last few weeks, a rarity for them this season. That comes to an end for Tuesday’s series opener in Detroit.
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Seattle placed utility man Dylan Moore on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain on Tuesday afternoon, recalling infielder Abraham Toro from Triple-A Tacoma to take his spot on the roster.
Moore filled in at shortstop for regular starter J.P. Crawford on Sunday, even hitting a big three-run homer in the series-clinching win over Cleveland. Crawford, meanwhile, missed that game Sunday with a sore left pectoral, and while an MRI didn’t reveal anything serious, he remains on the bench Tuesday against the Tigers.
So… who’s at shortstop? That would be Adam Frazier, who has been Seattle’s starting second baseman for much of the season. While the 30-year-old Frazier was a shortstop in college at Mississippi State, he has played the position only twice in his seven-year MLB career. The last time was in a pinch earlier this year for the Mariners, while the other time was all the way back in 2017 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Toro will play second base on Tuesday with Frazier shifting over to the other side of the bag.
The loss of Moore is significant as he has been swinging a hot bat as of late and is the Mariners’ most versatile fielder, playing above-average defense at just about every position on the field other than pitcher and catcher. He has recently been used late in games as a defensive replacement for Jesse Winker in left field.
In 89 games this season, the 30-year-old Moore owns a .206/.353/.388 slash line for a .741 OPS with six home runs, eight doubles, a triple and 15 stolen bases on 20 attempts. He has played every position except pitcher and catcher in 2022, and started at every spot except those two plus third base and designated hitter.
Toro, 25, has spent most of the year with the M’s but is coming off a 16-game stint with the Triple-A Rainiers. In 84 games with Seattle, he has a .180/.239/.322 slash for a .560 OPS with eight homers, 11 doubles, a triple and a stolen base. He has primarily played second base and third base for the Mariners.
The M’s begin a six-game road trip by kicking off a three-game set in Detroit at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, with coverage on Seattle Sports 710 AM, SeattleSports.com and the Seattle Sports app starting with the pregame show at 3 p.m.
AL wild card:#Mariners (70-58) in No. 2 spot, half-game back of No. 1 Tampa Bay (70-57) and half-game up of No. 3 Toronto (69-58). Baltimore (67-60) lurks next, 2 1/2 games back of SEA.
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