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Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger made a significant impact during the 10-9 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday. The right-handed slugger blasted two home runs in what ended up being a high scoring game. The 31-year-old has nine home runs in 31 RBI through 52 games this season. It has been a down year for Haniger, but at least he's putting it together at the plate.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker (wrist) is back in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Texas Rangers and right-hander Jon Gray, serving as the designated hitter and batting sixth. Winker will return to action after missing the last two games due to a bruise left wrist. He's really struggled in the month of September, going 8-for-45 (.178) with no homers, two RBI and 13 strikeouts in his 17 games. The 29-year-old left-handed hitter has a .219/.343/.340 slash line with 13 home runs, 50 RBI and 48 runs scored on the season in 447 at-bats in his first year in Seattle after he made the All-Star team for the first time with the Cincinnati Reds in 2021.
Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said that rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez (back) will begin baseball activities on Thursday and is aiming to return from the injured list when he's eligible next Monday. The Mariners took the conservative approach by putting him on the injured list to make sure his back gets right, and Rodriguez has reported feeling better every day. The 21-year-old should be able to play in the last couple games of the regular season before a potential playoff run. He's been great in his first MLB season, slashing .280/.342/.502 with an .844 OPS, 27 home runs, 73 RBI, 81 runs scored and 25 stolen bases in 500 at-bats, but unfortunately fantasy managers won't get much from him the rest of this season.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker (wrist) remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers. It will be his second straight game starting on the bench after he suffered a left wrist bruise from being hit by a pitch in Sunday's game. The 29-year-old left-handed slugger remains day-to-day for now. It's been a tough year for Winker in his first season in Seattle, as he's hitting just .219/.343/.340 with 13 home runs, 50 RBI and 48 runs scored in 133 games after hitting a career-high 24 homers in his final season in Cincinnati in 2021. Sam Haggerty is in left field and is hitting sixth in the batting order on Wednesday against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez. In 69 plate appearances against lefties in 2022, Haggerty has gone 23-for-60 (.383) with four of his five home runs on the season.
Seattle Mariners third baseman Eugenio Suarez (finger) has been activated from the injured list and is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers and right-hander Jesus Tinoco, serving as the designated hitter while batting cleanup. Suarez missed the minimum amount of time on the 10-day injured list after dealing with a small fracture on the tip of his right index finger. Fantasy managers will be hoping it won't affect his power stroke to close out the 2022 regular season. The 31-year-old veteran slugger has been great for the M's and fantasy managers this year, hitting .235/.335/.470 with an .805 OPS, 31 home runs, 84 RBI and 72 runs scored in 511 at-bats.