Seattle Mariners wonderkind and AL Rookie of the Year favorite Julio Rodriguez has avoided major injury, although he continues to move on the injured list. Rodriguez was hit by a pitch in the right wrist region on Saturday night against the Astros (SEA 5, HOU 4) and was ruled out of the game one innings later. On Sunday, the Mariners confirmed the X-rays were negative, but Rodriguez is so sad he will miss the time.
“We have some people going to IL. There will be a Julio Rodriguez,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said on Sunday.video link) “He was hit by the pitch last night. X-rays were negative but he is really hurting. He probably won’t have a bat in his hand (the next) five days ago. Just let it calm down. I think every Somebody on your wrist, your hand knows how sensitive that area is. Let’s fix it. Let’s make sure he’s completely healthy when he comes back.”
Here is the pitch that hit Rodriguez. It was a 96.9-mph sinker that got away with Rafael Monteiro.
Utility man Dylan Moore was also placed on the injured list on Sunday. He has back problem. Outfielders Jared Kellenick and Jack Larsen were called up in the same move. Kelenick was dropped from the Triple-A lineup on Saturday night following a Rodriguez injury. He’s hitting .288/.353/.530 with 11 home runs in 54 Triple-A games this year.
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At 55-47, the Mariners are two games behind the Blue Jays for the top wild-card spot and half a game up on the Rays for the third wild-card spot. They are normally three games to a wild-card spot. Ichiro’s rookie hasn’t been in the Seattle postseason since 2001.
Rodriguez missed Seattle’s first four games of the second half, slipping into second base of the game before the All-Star break due to a left wrist injury. This new injury is apparently unrelated.