Kansas City, Mo. ( Associated Press) — Julio Rodriguez, an outfielder for the Seattle Mariners and a leading candidate for American League Rookie of the Year, was placed on a 10-day injured list Friday due to lower back pain.
Seattle made this decision as it held its third and final wild-card place in the playoffs, half a game behind Tampa Bay and four behind Baltimore.
Outfielder Taylor Trammell was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Rodriguez left the game the Mariners won in Oakland on Thursday after experiencing a back strain in the first innings.
The 21-year-old leads rookie players in home runs (27), runs scored (81) and total bases (251), and RBI (73) and stolen bases (25). The Dominican was the only rookie selected for the All-Star Game this season.
Rodriguez was replaced in center field by Jared Kelenik for Seattle’s road game against Kansas City.
Third baseman JP Crawford replaced Rodriguez in his usual position in the first batting order.
Mariners manager Scott Servais said: “I expected more performance in the corners (Kelnick), but with Julio out, he will cover center field.” “We’ll let him do that.”
Trammell has played 41 matches for Seattle this season, scoring a batting average of .208 with four home runs and 10 RBIs.
Trammell had a .333 batting era with five homers and 12 RBIs in 22 games with the Tacoma.