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Mitch Haniger has setback, will miss Opening Day

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Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said today that outfielder Mitch Haniger had a setback in his rehab from a ruptured testicle (yes, a ruptured testicle) and a groin injury which ended his 2019 season last June. The setback: an injury to his abdominal core while working out. He will likely need surgery and will be out 6-8 to weeks.

Haniger had a breakout 2018 season, hitting .285/.366/.493 with 26 homers and 93 driven in. He had started quickly last season before slumping in May and into early June. Then, on June 6, he fouled a ball hard into his groin resulting in these most unfortunate injuries.

At the moment Dipoto believes Haniger will be able to get in at least some spring training, but he will not be up to speed for Opening Day. Late April, right now, is the projection.

Tyson Ross opts out of 2020 season

Tyson Ross opts out
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On Monday, Nationals pitcher Joe Ross became one of four players to opt out of the 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Joe’s brother Tyson Ross opted out of the 2020 season as well, per Jon Heyman.

Ross, 33, is currently a free agent. He racked up 35 1/3 disappointing innings for the Tigers last year, posting a 6.11 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 18 walks.

Mike Leake, Ryan Zimmerman, and Ian Desmond are the three other players to have opted out of the 2020 season thus far. None of these players are considered “high risk,” so they are forgoing their salaries and service time.