Following his standout performance in 2022 MLB All-Star Week, Mariners center fielder Julio Rodríguez stayed out of lineup Sunday afternoon at T-Mobile Park.
Forty minutes before the start of the Mariners’ three-game series against the Astros On Friday, the 21-year-old starter was scratched with pain in his left wrist after injury against Rangers on Sunday before his appearance in the Home Run Derby.
According to Rodríguez, he suffered the injury while sliding for second base and the injury worsened after All-Star Week. However, the young Mariners rookie said the wrist is improving day by day.
“Every time I slipped into second that’s when I hit him for the first time, but I feel like after the derby… that’s when it started to get worse maybe a little bit. But, like right now, we’re day to day and it’s already getting better,” Rodríguez said after Saturday night’s game against the Astros.
It’s not the first time Rodríguez has injured his wrist. He suffered a hairline fracture in his left wrist two years ago while training at a summer camp. The two injuries are unrelated, Rodríguez explained after the game on Saturday.
Rodríguez was ruled out for all three Astros series games as his injury was a daily occurrence.
Rodríguez is not currently on the injured list.
“It’s a decision that we will review and monitor on a day-to-day basis,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said before Sunday’s game.
According to Servais, Rodríguez had an MRI on Saturday which showed bruising on his left wrist.
Rodríguez is not expected to miss a long stretch with the injury, but Servais said he is wary of the injury.
“It’s out of the question. You want to be careful with that,” Servais said. “And also, you have to listen to the player, trust the player. Even though he’s young, no one knows Julio’s body better than Julio.
Rodríguez’s presence on the pitch is missing. Not only by the fans and his team, but by Rodríguez himself.
For Rodríguez, staying away is not an easy task.
“I’m not used to it. I mean I love playing there and just seeing all the fans showing up for those games, I really wanted to be there for them,” Rodríguez said.
With a thirst to get out there and play the game, Rodríguez is working to be back in the lineup and on the pitch.
“I just try to improve as soon as possible, I just try to be out there on the pitch,” he said.