Seager injury update, plus lots of lineups today

Kyle Seager isn’t in the lineup — either lineup on a split-squad day for the Mariners — but the third baseman says a sore index finger on his right hand isn’t serious and he expects to be back in action by Tuesday after sitting out the past three games.

Seager jammed the finger sliding into third headfirst in the first inning of the Mariners’ first Cactus League contest, going first to third on a single by Robinson Cano.

“We’re just being precautionary with it because it’s early in spring, but it’s fine,” said Seager, who indicated he’d be playing if this was the regular season. “That’s what I get for sliding like that. It wasn’t exactly a textbook slide. But it’s fine. It’s nothing major.”

Manager Lloyd McClendon said Seager would be back in action Tuesday when the Mariners travel to Glendale to face the Dodgers, which also happens to be Felix Hernandez’s spring debut.

As for today? Lots of action with the split squads both going at 12:05 p.m. PT. Here are the lineups:

Abraham Almonte CF
Nick Franklin SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Justin Smoak 1B
Corey Hart DH
Dustin Ackley LF
Xavier Avery RF
Willie Bloomquist 3B
Humberto Quintero C

Blake Beavan RHP

Endy Chavez CF
Brad Miller SS
Logan Morrison 1B
Jesus Montero DH
Michael Saunders RF
Stefen Romero LF
Nate Tenbrink 3B
Mike Zunino C
Carlos Triunfel 2B

Erasmo Ramirez RHP

Morrison will see his first action of the spring at first base after DHing his first two games. McClendon said Corey Hart, his other veteran coming back from knee issues, will be worked into the outfield mix later this week after just DHing in the early games.

McClendon also said this morning that Brandon Maurer is doing very well after throwing live batting practice Saturday and is now slated to throw two innings in his first Cactus League appearance on Wednesday in relief of James Paxton. He’d been held back by a stiff back.

Matt Palmer, a veteran right-hander in camp as a non-roster invitee, is still sidelined by a sore calf. Closer Fernando Rodney, who has been coming along slowly on his normal spring program, will throw live batting practice today.

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