Ichiro Suzuki likely to return to Seattle Mariners

Ichiro Suzuki likely to return to Seattle Mariners”

The injuries continue to mount for the Seattle Mariners, who will be without outfielder Ben Gamel for four to six weeks due to a strained right oblique muscle.

It looks like Ichiro Suzuki is going back to Seattle.

According to, Suzuki is set to sign after he passes a physical which takes place Monday afternoon in Seattle, but the Mariners have yet to confirm the reports.

The Mariners' outfield has been decimated by injuries.

He would go on to win AL rookie of the year and MVP in 2001, leading Seattle to a record 116-win season. Ichiro has been working out in Japan and was expected to play there in 2018 unless he had an offer from Major League Baseball.

Gamel, 25, is in line for regular at-bats with the 2018 Mariners after posting a solid.275/.322/.413 slash with 11 homers, 27 doubles and five triples through 550 plate appearances a year ago in his first full big league season. He has 3,080 hits in his 17-year career in the U.S. Before coming to the 2001, he played professionally in his native Japan for nine years.

He has 3,080 career Major League Baseball hits and a.312 batting average.

Suzuki spent parts of three seasons with the Yankees before joining the Marlins for the past three years, finishing 2017 with a.255 batting average and three home runs in 136 games. He became just the sixth player 43 or older to record at least 50 hits. Heredia recently made his spring debut and has had a couple of at-bats, but he's more of a depth piece and fourth outfielder than an everyday option (though he could handle left field on a short-term basis with Gamel out).

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