Mariners put Julio Rodriguez on injured list

The Mariners have announced they have been posted Julius Rodriguez on the 10-day low back strain injured list. Seattle recalled Taylor Trammell of Triple-A Tacoma to fill the vacant spot on the active roster.

Rodríguez has been battling back pain for a few days and the problem was serious enough that the club sent him for an MRI this afternoon. Manager Scott Servais told reporters tonight that the team’s doctors were still evaluating the results of the imaging before determining whether an IL stint would be needed (via Adam Jude of the Seattle Times). Further details on Rodríguez’s condition are not clear, but the problem is clearly serious enough and will take him at least a week and a half.

There are still 12 days left in the regular season, so it is possible that Rodríguez will return at the start of the postseason. Needless to say, the M’s would definitely be better off if he can be back in time for the opening round of the playoffs. With a four-game pillow over the Orioles for the American League’s final Wild Card spot, the Mariners are in a strong position to secure their first postseason berth in more than two decades. Taking on a long playoff run would certainly be a lot harder without the AL Rookie of the Year contender, as Rodríguez is already Seattle’s best player.

During his debut campaign, Rodríguez made 27 homeruns and stole 25 bases. He is the only player in the majors to have already eclipsed 25 home runs and stole apiece, and owns a total line of .280/.342/.502 to 549 at bats. Rodríguez has coupled that superb offensive production with an above-average defense in midfield, making himself one of the sport’s best young stars.

However long Rodríguez is out, the Mariners will turn to one of their other former top outfield players. Jarred Kelenic has yet to cement itself as a big league regular, with a .170/.250/.340 line of over 504 MLB record appearances. However, the one-time sixth overall pick and consensus top prospect recently turned 23 years old, and he has landed a .295/.365/.557 clip in 86 games in Tacoma this year. Servais confirmed that Kelenic would be the daily center fielder as long as Rodríguez is not in action (Judas link).

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