Don’t Count On Seeing Hannahan Again
Heading into spring training, it looked like Jack Hannahan was going to be the team’s utility infielder, playing a couple of times per week and offering the team some decent depth in case one of the regulars needed a day off. Then, he pulled his groin. He missed all of spring training, and then got sent out on a rehab stint with Tacoma. At the the time it started, Wak said they’d like to get Hannahan about 50 at-bats before they brought him back.
Well, he’s got nearly 50 at-bats, and there’s no indication that he’ll be rejoining the Mariners this week, or any week in the near future. In fact, Jack Hannahan may not be in the team’s plans anymore.
The smoking gun here is the Josh Wilson promotion. They would not go to the hassle of putting him on the 40 man roster, then risk having to pass him back through waivers to just fill in as the utility infielder until Hannahan reached the 50 AB mark. The decision to call Wilson up from Tacoma after Sunday’s game means that he’s here for a non-trivial amount of time. They’re not swapping out Hannahan for Wilson.
So, the only other path back to the roster for Jack Hannahan is by taking the roster spot of Ken Griffey Jr (not happening) or Mike Sweeney. While this would improve the team, they’d still lack a first baseman who can give Kotchman a day off against tough lefties or a right-handed bat to pair with Bradley at either LF/DH against LHPs. In reality, given the current roster, the guy who replaces Sweeney on the roster should probably be a right-handed hitting OF/1B/DH type. And that, obviously, is not Hannahan.
The other indication that the team isn’t planning on bringing him back has been his usage down in Tacoma. He’s played in 11 games, starting nine at 3rd base and two at DH. They have made no attempt to groom him as a utility infielder, and even with Wilson promoted on Sunday, he was back at third base last night, with Chris Woodward getting the start at shortstop.
Barring an injury to Figgins or Lopez, I don’t think we’re going to see Hannahan back with the Mariners any time soon. The rehab portion of his assignment is, for all intents and purposes, over – now, he’s just been demoted back to being a Triple-A guy again.