Another Brutal Injury Blow For Mariners Infielder

Yet another injury blow for a once-promising prospect, as Seattle Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto says that first baseman Evan White has suffered a grade 2 groin strain and is out two months.

As a Mariners' first-round pick in the 2017 Draft (17th overall), a lot was expected of White, and the team even signed him to a to a six-year, $24M contract in 2019. 

But he struggled in his big league debut in 2020, batting .176 with a .599 OPS. Despite that, he won the Gold Glove at first base for his stellar work at the bag. 

Since then, White has gone through a series of health problems, including hip surgery and sports hernia surgery. 

In 2021, he got into 30 games with Seattle, but fared even worse at the plate than his rookie year, batting .144 with a .439 OPS. He didn't play at all in the bigs last season, and played a meager 28 games in Triple-A. 

Ty France has first base locked up for the time being in Seattle, but if White can ever get back on the field and get his game on track, he could still be a factor for the Mariners, especially if the injury bug were to strike France. 

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