SHANNON DRAYER

Mariners’ Ryon Healy seeing good early results from hand surgery

Feb 20, 2018, 4:31 PM | Updated: 4:34 pm
New Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy is recovering from hand surgery. (AP)...
New Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy is recovering from hand surgery. (AP)
(AP)

Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy met with the media for the first time Tuesday since undergoing surgery last week to remove a loose bone spur from his hand.

This is clearly not the start to his Mariners career he wanted to have, but he said he remains focused on staying positive through his recovery. The early reports are good as he has good strength and range of motion in the hand. He said he no troubles last year with the hand while with the Oakland Athletics, yet he wasn’t surprised to feel a little discomfort when he first picked up the bat this winter.

Felix much happier with second bullpen of Mariners spring training

“It started early in December,” he said. “You always have some rust in your hands when you start hitting again, I kind of expected it to go away but it never did. I eventually spoke up after a couple of weeks, said it was too much, let’s get it checked out. Took five weeks off, came back and hit and the pain was still there. From there we took more drastic measures, figured out from hand specialists what this was and continued to move forward.”

Despite being shut down from hitting, Healy didn’t put the bat away.

“I’ve done a lot of bottom-hand, left-hand hitting only,” he said. “I’ve been able to keep my eyes acclimated, I have been able to track pitches. I’ve been able to continue to do that this spring but no, there has not been a ton of two-hand swings.”

His focus in recovery is to stay positive, and one big plus is that once healed he should be able to put this injury behind him quickly.

“That was the biggest goal,” he said. “What’s the best timeline to get me healthy for the long term – not a quick fix that is going to get me on the field for spring training. What’s going to get me on the field to compete at a big league level at 100 percent that I know I can be.”

Dipoto provides updates on three injured Mariners

Shannon Drayer

Mariners J.P. Crawford...
Shannon Drayer

Dipoto: How Mariners plan to handle rest for J.P., pitchers’ workloads

Mariners insider Shannon Drayer details Thursday's Jerry Dipoto Show, including insight on shortstop J.P. Crawford and the starting rotation.
5 days ago
Mariners general T-Mobile Park workout...
Shannon Drayer

Drayer: Inside look at MLB’s evolving technology race from Mariners’ front office

Dave Cameron, the former USS Mariner blogger and new Seattle director of player procurement, joined the Mariners Hot Stove on Seattle Sports.
6 days ago
Mariners George Kirby Logan Gilbert Robbie Ray...
Shannon Drayer

Drayer: The Mariners’ options with rotation deeper than ever

The Mariners return six pitchers who made double-digit starts for them in 2022. Shannon Drayer looks at how that depth will figure in this season.
9 days ago
Mariners Servais Dipoto...
Shannon Drayer

Drayer: Dipoto details how Mariners use projections, plan for Celesten

On the latest edition of The Jerry Dipoto Show, the Mariners president of baseball operations dived into how close external projections are to what Seattle uses.
12 days ago
Mariners spring training...
Shannon Drayer

Mariners scouting director details Felnin Celesten, other standout signees

Mariners insider Shannon Drayer shares what M's director of international scouting Frankie Thon Jr. said about Seattle's signing class on Tuesday's Hot Stove show.
13 days ago
Mariners Julio Rodríguez...
Brent Stecker

Mariners’ lineup has made one very important improvement

With the offseason addition of Teoscar Hernández, the Mariners go into 2023 with three hitters who all do one key thing very well.
25 days ago
Mariners’ Ryon Healy seeing good early results from hand surgery