EVERETT — Mitch Haniger’s next step in his path back to the Seattle Mariners will take place in Everett.
The All-Star outfielder will step onto the field for the first time since April when he begins a three-game rehabilitation stint with the AquaSox beginning Friday, the team announced late Wednesday night.
Haniger, who was an All-Star in 2018 and blasted 39 home runs for the Mariners last season, has been out since April 29 after suffering a severe high-ankle sprain while taking a swing during a game at Miami. To that point Haniger had appeared in nine games, batting .220 with three homers and seven RBI. He was originally given a 10-12 week diagnosis for recovery, and he was eventually placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Haniger has been involved in light baseball activities for several weeks, and he will get his first game action Friday when the Sox host the Eugene Emeralds in the first of a three-game series at Funko Field. Friday’s and Saturday’s games start at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday’s game starts at 4:05 p.m.
Haniger is the latest in a series of Mariners who have done rehab stints with Everett, including Kyle Lewis, Ken Giles, Erik Swanson, Abraham Toro and Luis Torrens.