Scott Servais and the Mariners will have a fine line to walk with rest management

Garver at DH means Servais will need to find a new way to rest his elder statesmen. How does he keep the lineup potent while giving guys days off their cleats?
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What an awful Sunday night in 2021 it was. Seeing Mitch Haniger injured yet again felt like an ‘of course that just happened’ kind of moment. Like you finally got the punchline of a sick joke your buddies have been playing on you all day. Watching him limp off with Servais under his arm felt helpless as a fan. I can only imagine what was going through Mitch and Scott’s minds.

That said, I think we can all assume the Skipper will be hyper-vigilant about doing everything he can to prevent being in the same position. That’s going to include some of the most important guys on this team riding pine from time to time. In past years Servais has used the Designated Hitter spot in the lineup for such occasions. As a way to manage playing time and rest days.

That will be largely unavailable this year though because of our second favorite Mitch. So how will the lineup fare when one or more starters are rooting from the top step in the dugout? How much rest do some of these guys really need? Let’s take a look at the different tiers of guys, how much rest they’ll need and how Servais might approach it.