Mariners Ty France May 31, 2024; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France (23) jogs around the bases after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners are out to a great start in the 2024 MLB season. But they learned this weekend that they’ll be without a former All-Star for at least the foreseeable future.

First baseman Ty France will miss time after the Mariners placed the 2022 American League All-Star on the 10-day injured list. The Mariners diagnosed France with a right heel fracture, meaning he’ll probably miss some significant time.

The Mariners announced France’s placement on the IL among several other corresponding moves.

Prior to the injur, France had been productive at the plate. He collected an OPS of .732 with seven home runs and 27 RBI. His wRC+ of 116 was solid, maybe not spectacular, but rock solid for a Mariners team in first place in the American League West.

If France is out for a significant period of time, the Mariners could go fishing for a replacement at the trade deadline. Should the Mariners keep competing, staying above water may prove imperative. And the only way to do that sometimes is to go out and get a guy.

[Mariners PR]

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