5:34 pm: In an ominous-sounding development, White has been sent for a second opinion on his injured hip, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (Twitter link).
3:23 pm: The Mariners announced they’ve claimed infielder Jake Hager off waivers from the Brewers. First baseman Evan White has been transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list to create 40-man roster space. Milwaukee designated Hager for assignment last week.
The 28-year-old Hager was an offseason minor league signee of the Mets. He got off to an incredible start with their Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse and earned a mid-May promotion while the big league club was dealing with a rapid succession of injuries. Hager picked up his first eight MLB plate appearances and collected a hit, but New York designated him for assignment after a one-week stint. The Brewers, in whose system Hager played from 2018-19, claimed him, but he couldn’t maintain his strong minor league start with their Triple-A affiliate in Nashville. Altogether, he’s compiled a .278/.336/.500 mark at the minors’ highest level in 2021.
Hager still has all three minor league option years remaining, so the Mariners can send him back and forth between Seattle and Triple-A Tacoma for the next few seasons, if he sticks on their 40-man roster. He has plenty of minor league experience at all four infield positions (as well as some brief outfield time), so he’ll add some defensive versatility to the highest levels of the Seattle organization.
White has been on the IL since May 14 due to a left hip flexor strain. He won’t be able to return for 60 days from the date of that original placement, so he’s now out until at least mid-July. White recently suffered a setback during a minor league rehab assignment that pushed back his projected recovery timeline. His current timetable is unclear, but White wasn’t expected to return “anytime soon,” tweets Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.