Mariners put rookie Julio Rodriguez on their injury list after hit after hit against the Astros

Perhaps the biggest star of the MLB season is heading to the injured list.

The Seattle Mariners put rookie Julio Rodriguez on their injury list Sunday with a wrist injury. The good news for Rodriguez is that the x-ray on the injury came back negative. But he will be out for several days, and possibly longer, after hitting a court in Saturday’s 5-4 win over the Houston Astros.

The injury occurred in the eighth inning. Rodriguez swung in a 97 mph sinking from the Astros’ home, Rafael Monteiro. Indoor court hit Rodriguez on his right wrist, causing him to feel obvious pain.

He remained in the match on defense but was eventually lifted for a hitter pinch in the ninth inning when he was unable to swing a racket. He told reporters he “immediately felt weird” when he tried to handle a bat. While the X-ray was negative, Rodriguez is scheduled to have more tests on his wrist, including an MRI, according to Mariners manager Scott Servier.

“We will do everything in the right way to make sure that he and our medical staff have a clear idea of ​​what it is,” Service told reporters on Sunday.

The Mariners estimated that swelling in his wrist would prevent Rodriguez from swinging the bat for five days. They refused to offer further prognosis or timeline.

Revenge of the sailors?

The first pitch of Sunday’s game from Mariners player George Kirby hit Astros All-Star Jose Altuve in the shoulder.

Altuve took first base without further incident.

Will the Mariners stay in the Annex hunt?

Rodriguez, 21, joined the MLB Mariners’ roster as one of the top potential players in baseball shortly before the start of the season. He exceeded his high expectations with a surprise campaign that has so far included an All-Star berth and an invitation to the Home Run Derby. He was the favorite to win Player of the Year before his injury.

Through 96 MLB games, Rodriguez cut .271/.334/.482 with 18 home runs and 57 RBI. His 21 stolen bases were his fifth most in MLB on Sunday. He continued his stellar role at the Home Run Derby earlier in July with a best 81 points in the Derby before losing to Juan Soto in the final round. He was the only rookie to compete in the derby. He helped lead the Mariners into the playoffs with a record 55-48 through Sunday.

HOUSTON, TX – JULY 30: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners is injured in a three-kick in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 30, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levy/Getty Images)

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