Seattle Mariners

Ankle surgery scheduled for Rainiers’ outfielder Flores

Ramon Flores, shown bunting when he was with the New York Yankees, will have ankle surgery and miss the rest of the season. Flores, who was acquired by the Mariners in the Dustin Ackley trade, hit .423 with the Rainiers.
Ramon Flores, shown bunting when he was with the New York Yankees, will have ankle surgery and miss the rest of the season. Flores, who was acquired by the Mariners in the Dustin Ackley trade, hit .423 with the Rainiers. AP

Triple-A Tacoma outfielder Ramon Flores was scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday in Seattle to repair a right ankle that was fractured and dislocated Aug. 14 in a nasty spill on soggy turf at Cheney Stadium.

The Mariners acquired Flores, 23, from the New York Yankees with reliever Jose Ramirez in a July 30 trade for outfielder Dustin Ackley. Flores was batting .423 in 14 games at Tacoma.

“He was just tearing it up in Triple-A,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “He was going to get an opportunity (in the big leagues) at some point. He was going to get that opportunity clearly by Sept. 1, if not sooner.”

Now, Flores is in line for a lengthy rehab.

While cases can vary, Dr. David S. Levine, a foot and ankle surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, provided a general assessment of such injuries:

“The typical treatment of a fracture and ankle dislocation is open reduction internal fixation, using plates and screws to repair the ankle bones,” he said.

“For this type of injury, the typical recovery timeline is to begin movement at two weeks, begin walking at six weeks and begin elliptical or stationary bike activity at six weeks.”

The Hospital for Special Surgery is affiliated with the Major League Baseball Players’ Association.

LOOKING BACK

It was 36 years ago Friday — Aug. 21, 1979 — when Tom Paciorek drove in six runs in an 8-4 victory over Toronto at the Kingdome.

Paciorek had a three-run homer in the fifth inning against Phil Huffman, and a three-run triple in the sixth inning against Dave Freisleben.

It was probably just a coincidence that Paciorek was hit by a Freisleben pitch when he batted in the eighth inning. The Kingdome crowd was 8,376.

SHORT HOPS

Nelson Cruz carries a career-best streak of reaching base in 30 consecutive games into Friday’s series opener against the White Sox. His streak is the longest of the season by an American League player and is the longest current streak in the majors. … Robinson Cano has multiple hits in seven of his past 15 games. He is batting .344 (22 for 64) since Aug. 3. … The Mariners are 56-65 through 121 games. A year ago, they were 66-55.

ON TAP

The Mariners open a six-game homestand at 7:10 p.m. Friday with the first of three weekend games against the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field.

Friday’s game matches two of the game’s top pitchers: right-hander Felix Hernandez (14-7, 3.65 ERA) and Chicago left-hander Chris Sale (11-7, 3.32).

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