The Mariners opened up the exhibition season with a win over San Diego on Wednesday afternoon, but it was a win that came with some consequences.
Tacoma Rainiers first baseman/outfielder Ji-Man Choi fractured the fibula in his right leg while playing defense at first base, and he is having surgery on it this afternoon. Initial reports say Choi is expected to miss 4-to-6 months.
That’s pretty much the whole season. Maybe he can come back near the end.
Sadly, this is just more of the same for Choi. His career has been marked by two things he’s been really good at: a) hitting and b) missing a lot of games.
Choi has been in the Mariners system since 2010. He’s only played in 352 games over five years, but his career numbers are .304/.407/.492 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage). That’s a terrific line.
He just can’t stay on the field. He’s had back surgery, a 50-game suspension for PEDs, and now a broken leg (and that’s just the serious stuff – he’s also missed shorter periods of time with minor injuries).
Choi turns 24 in May so he still has time to have a major league career when/if he gets healthy.
In the meantime, as far as the 2015 Rainiers go this changes the first base situation. Expect Jesus Montero, D.J. Peterson, and Patrick Kivlehan to see time there.
There is another exhibition game against the Padres today at noon – it’s on Root and 710 AM. I’ll be rooting for nobody to get hurt.
- Bob Dutton has a report on the status of Ji-Man Choi.
- It wasn’t all bad news in the exhibition opener. D.J. Peterson hit a solo homer off El Paso Chihuahuas lefty Jason Lane. That’s some good PCL practice for D.J. Larry Stone has a column on Peterson.
- Taijuan Walker made a strong first impression as he tries to win a spot in the Mariners rotation, firing two scoreless innings yesterday.
- Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times has a notebook on yesterday’s events and some Thursday Morning Mariners Musings.
- Ballpark Digest has a review of the new upgrades at the Mariners spring training ballpark in Peoria.
- In the PCL, the Albuquerque Isotopes unveiled an alternate logo and it looks pretty sharp. The ‘Topes are very good at the logo game.
- Bull Durham is the best baseball movie – no, we are not going to argue about this, because it is a fact – and “Too Bad, Butch” Davis is now a coach for the Twins.
Not sure if we’ll have an update on Friday – I have some other projects that must be dealt with. If not, we’ll be back with a new post on Monday which will probably have a whole lot of links.