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The Seattle Mariners placed rookie sensation Julio Rodriguez on the injured list Sunday.
General manager Jerry Dipoto told reporters X-rays on Rodriguez’s injured wrist returned negative. Manager Scott Servais said the team will undoubtedly be cautious using its young outfielder:
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Julio Rodrguez is being conducted the IL. X-Rays were negative, but wrist is swollen and can not have the ability to swing a bat within the next 5 days roughly. pic.twitter.com/8R6nCP6xYK
Rodriguez was named to the American League All-Star team following a stellar first-half performance. The 21-year-old also had a breakout moment in the house Run Derby when he hit a complete of 81 homers, including 32 in the initial round.
Appearing out of the All-Star break, Rodriguez missed Seattle’s first four games with a wrist injury. He previously an MRI on July 23 that showed bruising without structural damage.
In four games after time for the lineup on July 26, Rodriguez showed no lingering effects from the injury. The Dominican Republic native had three extra-base hits (two home runs) and reached base six times in 17 plate appearances.
The Mariners received a scare in the eighth inning of the July 30 game contrary to the Houston Astros. Rafael Montero’s fastball ran too much inside, hitting Rodriguez on the wrist and knocking him out from the game.
Manager Scott Servais told reporters following the game that Rodriguez would have X-rays plus they “pray that it is not broken.”
Rodriguez has been instrumental in Seattle’s recent surge up the AL standings. He could be hitting .271/.334/.482 with 18 homers, 57 RBI and 21 stolen bases, pacing the Mariners in every three categories.
The Mariners won 14 consecutive games between July 2 and July 17 and so are currently in the next AL wild-card spot. They’re chasing their first postseason appearance since 2001, the longest active drought in MLB.