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.
Wilson has the experience, Tuiasosopo has more power and, as a homegrown prospect, might have an edge. Both are right-handed hitters.