Evaluating injured, available Mariners

Seattle's Mitch Haniger may be headed to the disabled list, but there are still a lot of Mariners worth taking a look at in fantasy. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports

Things probably couldn’t have gone much worse for the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night in Detroit. The term “dead arm” was used to describe starting pitcher Felix Hernandez after one of the shortest outings of his career. Standout rookie outfielder Mitch Haniger was forced from the proceedings in the third inning with a strained oblique. Oh, by the way, the Tigers served up a 19-9 demolition. Yes, the NFL draft starts Thursday, but this wasn’t a football game.

Not only are fantasy owners dealing with a pair of injuries to key Mariners, but the team’s lineup (after the obvious names) has become interesting for fantasy purposes. On Tuesday the team welcomed the return of shortstop Jean Segura from the disabled list, and he homered among his three hits. He’ll score many runs ahead of second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Nelson Cruz. Struggling third baseman Kyle Seager will hit. Unfortunately, Haniger isn’t likely to do much hitting for a few weeks. Expect a trip to the disabled list for him today, but do try to keep him owned because he’s legit.