Mariners Chatter: M's Navigate a Sea of Injuries; LeBlanc Cashes In

SEATTLE -- Fresh off a contract extension that will keep him with the Mariners at least through next season, Wade LeBlanc earned his money Tuesday night with seven strong innings as Seattle extended its winning streak to eight games with a 4-1 victory over the Angels.

"Wade is buying," manager Scott Servais said after following LeBlanc into the postgame interview room, where the veteran journeyman explained what gaining some financial security meant to him and his family at this point in his career.


LeBlanc has pitched for seven different Major League clubs as well as a stint in Japan, but has found a home in Seattle now with a team that has discovered gold in his mid-80s fastball and pinpoint control.

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SEATTLE -- Outfielder Mitch Haniger was scratched from the Mariners' lineup about 90 minutes before Thursday's 4-1 win over the Angels with a bruised right knee and could miss several games.

Manager Scott Servais said Haniger banged the knee against the short wall down the right-field line trying to catch a foul ball in Wednesday's game.

"He was pretty stiff when he got out today and tried to go through stretch, so we just decided to give him a day," Servais said. "Maybe a couple days he may need. We'll see how he is [Friday]."

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SEATTLE -- Mariners catcher Mike Zunino bruised his left ankle while running the bases in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Angels and was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Thursday's 4-1 win over the Halos at Safeco Field.

The Mariners recalled catcher David Freitas from Triple-A Tacoma to take Zunino's place on the roster, while backup Chris Herrmann started Thursday, hitting a solo home run for his first RBI with Seattle.

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