Sailors place France on injured list due to sprained elbow

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Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France (23) walks off the field after sustaining an injury as Oakland Athletics’ Sheldon Neuse, far left, reached first base on a single during in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

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The Seattle Mariners will be without another key member of their offense for at least a few weeks, but given the severity of first baseman Ty France’s injury, they consider themselves lucky.

France were placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday with a sprained left elbow. He was involved in a collision in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game at Oakland. France was throwing the sack when it collided with Oakland’s Sheldon Neuse.

France had an MRI on Friday which revealed a grade 2 flexor deformity.

“I heard this crack and the first thing I thought of was a UCL tear, elbow or shoulder dislocation,” France said ahead of Saturday’s game against the Los Angels. Angeles. “You think you’ll be out for the rest of the year and need surgery. A lot of negativity has come to mind, but the MRI only revealed one strain. This is now to calm the inflammation.

France was on course for the All-Star Game consideration. He is seventh in the American League with a .316 batting average and is tied for the major league lead with 25 multi-hit games. He also has 10 home runs and 45 RBIs and has been hit on 14 pitches.

Besides France, the Mariners are also missing outfielders Kyle Lewis (concussion) and Mitch Haniger (sprained right ankle) as well as receiver Tom Murphy (dislocated left shoulder).

Manager Scott Servais says there are plenty of options to play first in France’s absence. Kevin Padlo was in the lineup Saturday after Dylan Moore started Friday night. Servais also included Abraham Toro, Luis Torrens and Drew Ellis as others who could get shot.

Ellis was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to fill the France roster spot.

“It will be match-based and I will keep rotating it, I don’t know how it’s all going to pan out,” Servais said.

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