Jerry Dipoto Show: Mariners offseason injury updates
Thursday’s Jerry Dipoto Show on Seattle Sports 710 AM required a bit of follow up as the Mariners president of baseball operations included a surprise name on the injury update.
“Just got an update yesterday,” Dipoto said during his weekly visit with Brock and Salk. “We are in great shape with Julio (Rodríguez), with Cal Raleigh. We had an unexpected pop-up with Dylan Moore last week that we weren’t anticipating but we don’t think is going to hold him back from being ready for spring training. Same is true for Paul Sewald and Andrés Muñoz.”
Now for some background info on those names and injuries mentioned by Dipoto.
At the end of the season it was revealed that Rodríguez, the 2022 American League Rookie of the Year and Seattle’s center fielder, suffered a broken bone in his pinky in the final playoff game against the Astros.
Raleigh, the Mariners’ starting catcher, was scheduled for surgery on a ligament injury to his thumb that was an ongoing issue late in the season.
Muñoz, who had a breakout 2022 season as a reliever, was to undergo foot surgery.
And shortly before the MLB winter meetings last week, the team got the bit of bad news that utility player Moore, who is expected to platoon at second base with recent trade addition Kolten Wong in 2023, would require core surgery.
The surprise addition to the list was Sewald, a bullpen stalwart of the past two seasons who as it turns out underwent a right elbow cleanup and took a shot to his right heel for inflammation shortly after the Mariners were eliminated from the playoffs. The news here is good in that two months after the surgery, Sewald is throwing again and is expected to be full-go at the start of spring training.
To hear Dipoto’s comments on each of those players and much more from Thursday’s conversation, listen to the second half of the podcast at this link or in the player below.