Mariners push back Mitch Haniger’s rehab stint a few days to avoid an injury setback

Yet more injury updates on Mitch Haniger and James Paxton and when they might return from the disabled list.

The plan for Mitch Haniger to be playing baseball somewhere in the Mariners’ minor league organization on Saturday to start his rehab stint has been delayed slightly. No, it wasn’t from weekend traffic.

Following a relatively strenuous workout before Thursday’s game at Safeco Field that featured Haniger running the bases, throwing from the outfield and taking batting practice on the field, there was some residual tenderness in the area of his strained right oblique. So instead of joining Class A Modesto in San Jose, Haniger took Friday off from activity. He received treatment on the oblique area instead.

“I’m just treating it and going day to day, trying to take it slow before we go out and do anything,” Haniger said.

Mariners manager Scott Servais wouldn’t call it a setback, but viewed it a precaution to avoid a setback.

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“He probably got a little too aggressive yesterday,” Servais said. “So we are going to give him a day off today. We are just going to slow him down just a little bit. I think he felt it at the end of the workout yesterday. It was still a little tender. Nothing totally alarming, but it was like, ‘ok, let’s just slow here for a second,’ instead of shooting him out there into a competitive situation. We are going to calm him down today.”

So instead of reporting to his rehab assignment on Friday or Saturday, he’s going to stay in Seattle for a day or two and then possibly report. Servais wasn’t certain  on which day it would be. It depends on how the oblique area feels.

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” Servais said. “The trainers just filled me in and let’s slow down a little bit right now. I think Mitch wants to push the envelope as much as anybody. But he didn’t feel quite right yesterday….

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