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Mariners’ Julio Rodríguez placed on IL with lower back strain

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The Seattle Mariners placed rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez on the injured list, the team said Friday. The move came just a day after he was eliminated by Seattle in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics due to back strain. Reports released on Friday said the Mariners expect Rodriguez to return before the end of the regular season, scheduled for Wednesday, October 5.

Rodriguez recently missed three games due to his back. He had an MRI on Friday in Kansas City, where the Mariners play this weekend.

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“Relatively,” said Mariners manager Scott Servais. told ESPN on Thursday. “It’s the same area in the lower back. [Friday] when we get to Kansas City, get an MRI and take a picture of it.”

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Rodriguez, 21, has made a splash this season for the Mariners’ rookies. In his first 129 contests, he hit .280/.342/.502 (144 OPS+), 27 home runs and 25 stolen bases (from 32 attempts). According to Baseball-Reference.com, Rodriguez’s contribution is estimated to be 5.7 wins above replacement. He remains the presumed leader in the American League Rookie of the Year award.

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The Mariners entered Friday with an 82-67 record of the season, giving them the opportunity to claim third and last place in the AL. The Mariners are polygames behind the Tampa Bay Rays and 1 1/2 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. Meanwhile, the Mariners are four games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles, the first team to look ahead. With only 13 games left to play, the Mariners will likely make their first playoff since 2001, breaking the record. longest playoff drought in the sport.

The Mariners will complete their final regular season outing against the Kansas City Royals this weekend.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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