PEORIA, Ariz. — The injuries continue to mount for the Seattle Mariners, who will be without outfielder Ben Gamel for four to six weeks because of a strained right oblique muscle.
The Mariners were hopeful Gamel would miss just a few days, but an MRI revealed a more extensive injury after it was reviewed by team physicians. Gamel first felt the injury after batting practice late last week.
Gamel joins a growing list of ailing Mariners. Seattle already has seen first baseman Ryon Healy (hand), outfielder Mitch Haniger (hand) and pitcher Felix Hernandez (bruised forearm) slowed by injuries during spring training. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia is also still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, leaving Seattle thin at the position.
Gamel hit .275 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI in 134 games last season for Seattle.