Jack Hannahan is a utility infielder, the kind of player most fans think is easily replaced - and the kind the Seattle Mariners know usually isn't.
Out for more than 10 days with a groin strain, Hannahan is being sent to Seattle this week for tests to determine whether that injury is more serious thank initially thought.
“They want to do a bone scan, check for a sports hernia and hopefully rule it out,” Hannahan said.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said the left-handed hitter won't be ready for opening day, opening up a roster spot for either Josh Wilson or Matt Tuiasosopo, both of whom can play shortstop behind Jack Wilson and man the other infield spots.
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Wilson has the experience, Tuiasosopo has more power and, as a homegrown prospect, might have an edge. Both are right-handed hitters.