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The Mariners assigned Jarred Kelenic to Minor League camp on Friday.
Kelenic might have started the year in the Majors as the Mariners looked for cover after Kevin Mather's comments, but his knee injury simply cost him too much time and gave Seattle justification to send him for more seasoning. He had performed well in limited action this spring, with two homers and a 1.256 OPS in 23 plate appearances. Chances are that he'll be back up in a few weeks after the Mariners gain an extra year of control, so there's no need to drop him if you drafted him in a redraft league.
Jarred Kelenic (knee) will take live BP on Tuesday. If everything goes well, Kelenic should be back in the Mariners' lineup on Wednesday.
Kelenic's injury progress is encouraging, as the Mariners were originally unsure if Kelenic would return to the lineup this spring. Kelenic will be hoping to put this injury behind him and refocus on making the big league squad.
Jarred Kelenic (knee) could return to Cactus League games later this week, according to manager Scott Servais.
Kelenic suffered a strained adductor muscle in his knee earlier this spring, but has been recovering quickly. Kelenic took BP over the weekend, and it would be a very positive sign to see him back in games this week. The Mariners will likely be careful with their top prospect, so it's unclear whether Kelenic will be with the big league club on Opening Day. Even if he starts the season at the Mariners' alternate site, Mariners fans and fantasy managers will be happy to see he's progressing well. If he's healthy, Kelenic still has the potential to compete for the AL Rookie of the Year.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic, who is dealing with a strained abductor muscle in his knee, is slated to take some batting practice on Sunday, per beat writer Ryan Divish.
All reports indicate that Kelenic has been recovering quickly from the knee strain and the fact he's taking swings on Sunday would corroborate that point even further. The team will likely see how he responds to batting practice but this is a step in the right direction as the highly-touted prospect is working his way towards his major league debut. He's still likely to begin the season at the Mariners' alternate training site but should get called up within the month of April if all goes well.
It's been just five days since Jarred Kelenic was diagnosed with a strained adductor muscle in his knee, but he's already making progress. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto says the outfield prospect is recovering "quickly" and appears to be on a fast track to returning.
This is very positive news for Kelenic, whose injury was expected to require several weeks of recovery time. Instead, he is making tremendous progress and could inch towards a return to the lineup soon, though Seattle surely doesn't want to rush him. Kelenic ranks 76th among outfielders in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.