Julio Rodríguez exits game vs. A’s with lower back tightness

OAKLAND — In what could possibly be a regarding growth for Julio Rodríguez and the Mariners, the AL Rookie of the Year Award favourite exited through the first inning of Thursday’s 9-5 win over the A’s with lower back tightness, the identical subject that compelled him to overlook three video games throughout Seattle’s earlier collection in Anaheim.

Rodríguez will endure an MRI on Friday at Kauffman Stadium forward of the Mariners’ three-game collection in opposition to the Royals.

“I’m involved about it,” Mariners supervisor Scott Servais stated. “Certainly, he is so enormous to our workforce. But extra importantly, we’d like Julio wholesome.”

Rodríguez started experiencing ache when taking the sphere for the underside of the primary inning, simply after he ripped a 109.1 mph leadoff double after which scored within the subsequent at-bat on an RBI single by Mitch Haniger. Servais stated that the swing was not what precipitated the problem.

“No, he was completely advantageous after he got here round and scored,” Servais stated. “When he took the sphere, I had no thought what the problem was. So I went on the market and he simply stated, ‘My back simply locked up on me once more. It’s actually sore.’ I stated, ‘OK, we’ll shut it down.'”

Servais additionally stated that there wasn’t any indication if Rodríguez’s ache was worse than final weekend. Rodríguez was receiving remedy postgame and was unavailable earlier than the workforce’s constitution flight to Kansas City.

It turned clear that one thing was improper with Rodríguez throughout a mound go to between catcher Cal Raleigh and George Kirby, who’d simply surrendered a leadoff single and an uncharacteristic four-pitch stroll. While the pitcher and catcher conferred, Rodríguez started pacing from heart discipline in direction of proper fielder Haniger, who acknowledged that one thing was lacking and known as to the guests’ dugout.

Servais and assistant athletic coach Taylor Bennett then conferred briefly with Rodríguez, who was patted on his back by Haniger, left fielder Jarred Kelenic and first baseman Carlos Santana. Afterwards, upon reaching the dugout, the rookie threw his glove on the bottom in frustration.

Dating back additional to the basis of the back points, Rodríguez wasn’t certain when the damage initially surfaced when talking on Saturday in Anaheim.

“I might say, it is September,” Rodríguez stated then. “That’s my greatest reply to it.”

Beyond ache, the apparent logic behind sitting over the weekend was to stop additional points surfacing. Rodríguez has performed in 128 video games this season, manner past his earlier professional profession excessive of 84 in 2019.

“Especially proper now, it is higher to be cautious and be good for the remainder of the yr and never attempt to rush an excessive amount of,” Rodríguez stated. “Being out for even longer would positively not be an excellent scenario.”

The 21-year-old star has objectively been one of the best participant on a Mariners workforce that entered Thursday holding the third AL Wild Card spot with simply 14 video games remaining. He leads the workforce with 4.9 wins above substitute, per FanGraphs, and is hitting .280/.342/.502 (.844 OPS) with 27 homers. And he is been significantly sizzling in September, with a .383/.456/.733 (1.189 OPS) slash line and 6 homers in 16 video games.

Any damage, particularly right now of yr, is difficult for a workforce that is been scuffling offensively. The Mariners are already with out their prime home-run hitter, third baseman Eugenio Suárez, who’s on the 10-day injured listing with a fractured proper index finger suffered on Friday.

But that’d be significantly true for the Mariners and Rodríguez if he is sidelined long term. Seattle is 73-56 with him within the lineup and 11th of September with out.

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