The hits just keep coming for Evan White. Unfortunately, those hits aren’t coming at the plate, but in the realm of bad luck that seems to follow the Mariners 2017 first-round pick. The newest bad luck to befall the former Gold Glover is a sports hernia, which is going to keep him out for a few months.
Things just never seem to go right for White. He has one of the best gloves in the game when he is able to play, but between injuries and a lack of performance at the plate, he just hasn’t had a chance to shine.
You could argue that White has been one of the players most affected by the combination of the lockout and COVID shortened seasons. After having hip surgery in July of the 2021 season, White ended up having to do a lot of his rehab work on his own over the winter, as players on the 40-man were unable to do their work at team facilities, or even be in contact with team doctors.
Due to the hernia surgery right after rehabbing from his hip, Evan White could be out for the maximum amount of time associated with this injury.
The time frame for his hernia surgery recovery is between 4-8 weeks. That’s what is out in the ether, at least. Unfortunately for White, he is likely going to need to be out for the back half of that time frame, if not a bit longer.
There’s a good reason why. Well, maybe not a good reason, but a reason that makes sense. Remember, White just had that Hip Surgery back in July. So, he has been rehabbing his hip and core during that time. Now with the hernia surgery, he is going to be even further behind with a weakened core that will take some extra time to rehab.
The worst thing that could happen to White would be coming back a bit early from the injury, or even within a time frame that would work for someone without any injuries to their core or surrounding area. The Mariners should keep White out for 8-10 weeks most likely, taking that extra time to make sure that he is completely healthy and has a strong enough core to get back to full speed work and practice.
I’m not suggesting I’m a doctor. The Mariners have plenty of guys who will be able to monitor White and ensure that he gets back to full health. I just hope that they are able to convince White to take his time and get him back to 100%. He’s got a lot of time left on his deal, so there is no need to rush him back. Get him healthy and figure out what his role on the team is going to be. Best of luck to Evan White and his recovery from his latest injury.