Mariners keep Julio Rodriguez on injured list as injury starts to become an issue for lineup

Houston – on a typical Sunday morning at a Major League clubhouse – street or home – is usually quiet and subdued. Players are not morning people, especially when they played late on a Saturday evening.

But this Sunday morning, Minute Maid Park’s visitors clubhouse was filled with chaos and uncertainty. New players were coming in, injuries were being reported and roster moves were being processed and made.

The biggest whirlwind of concern surrounded All-Star center fielder Julio Rodriguez, who hurt the back of his right arm while swinging at 97 mph from Rafael Monteiro in the eighth inning of his win at the Astros on Saturday night. .

Earlier in the morning, Mariners President of Baseball Operations Jerry DiPotto, speaking at his weekly radio performance on MLB Network Radio, told host Jim Bowden that an X-ray taken on Rodriguez’s right arm came back negative.

About an hour later, manager Scott Servais announced that Rodriguez (right arm injury) and utility player Dylan Moore (back cramp) were being placed on the 10-day injured list.

The team recalled outfielder Jared Kelenick from Class AAA Tacoma and selected the minor league contract of outfielder Jack Larson from Class AA Arkansas to take his place on the roster. To make room for Larsen in the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Anthony Missiewicz was named for the assignment.

With Sunday afternoon’s play at Minute Maid Park being “Princess Day”, the sound system was destroying the soundtrack from “Frozen” on ear-splitting levels, even as Servais, who had played his previous night. looked like a sleep, could be counted in minutes, not hours. , could not be heard in his comments.

“I don’t feel like a princess today, that’s for sure,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of action today, obviously last night’s game facilitates that.”

Rodriguez took a break from treatment to talk to the media pregame.

“Basically, I’m doing it a lot,” he said. “It’s just scratches. Thankfully, the X-rays were negative.”

Of course, Rodriguez was terrified when he got hit by the pitch. He had a flashback to April 12, 2019, when his left hand was hit by the pitch, which left him suffering a hairline fracture for more than a month.

“I’ve been in this situation before and you always think so,” he said. “Just knowing the X-rays were negative reassured me a little bit. It made me feel a little bit better about it.”

Rodriguez is likely to have an MRI and more tests in the coming days to make sure nothing was missed in the initial X-ray.

“It’s disappointing,” he said. “I want to play. I wanted to be able to support the team and do the best for everyone.”

In addition to Rodriguez and Moore, All-Star first baseman Ty France was ruled out of the starting lineup due to a left wrist pain. His MRI was done on Sunday morning and the team was waiting for the results.

France rolled on her wrist on Monday while taking a diving catch off Cole Calhoun’s line drive. Wrist pain started on swing and miss. After sitting out a game, France returned to the lineup. But in his final at-bat on Saturday night, he swung awkwardly on a change and was in obvious pain.

“We don’t have results back from that,” Servais said. “But as of now, we need to know more here and maybe in the next hour where he is. I hope it is not more serious than that, maybe he needs a day or two.”

Utility player Sam Haggerty was in the clubhouse with a bandage over his eye. He took eight stitches after being hit with his own bat in anger after Sack Bunt’s failed attempt in the ninth inning.

He was not in the lineup but was available to play when needed

This story will be updated.

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