Right fielder Mitch Haniger, sidelined since April 25 with an oblique strain, returned to the Mariners lineup Sunday as their No. 2 hitter.
Haniger was on an early watch-list for A.L. Rookie of the Year honors when he got hurt, hitting .342 with four homers and 16 RBIs. He spent the past week in Tacoma, polishing a swing that’s accumulated more than a month of rust.
“Everybody's expectations are cautiously optimistic,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “He was playing at such a high level, it's hard to imagine him coming back at that level. I've got to be realistic: He hasn't played in any games in six weeks.”