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Julio Rodriguez of the Mariners has been placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain.

The Seattle Mariners have placed rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez on the disabled list, the team announced Friday. The transfer came a day after he was sidelined in the first inning with a back strain against the Oakland Athletics in Seattle. Reports on Friday said the Mariners have Rodriguez scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5. We hope to be back before the end of the regular season.

Rodriguez recently had him miss three games because of his back. He had an MRI Friday in Kansas City, where the Mariners play this weekend.

Mariners manager Scott Serves told ESPN on Thursday, “I’m concerned. It’s the same part in the hip. [Friday] when we get to Kansas City he’ll go to work and have an MRI and a picture.”

Rodriguez, 21, has been a sensation for the up-and-coming Mariners this season. 280/.342/.502 (144 OPS+) with 27 home runs and he tallied 25 stolen bases (32 attempts). According to Baseball-Reference.com, Rodriguez’s contribution was worth an estimated 5.7 wins against the reserves. He remains a front-runner for the American League Rookie of the Year.

The Mariners will complete their final regular-season trip against the Kansas City Royals this weekend.

The Mariners started the season with an 82-67 record on Friday, putting him in position to earn his third and final wild card spot in the AL. The Mariners are 0.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays on the second wild card, and 1.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. Meanwhile, the Mariners are leading the Baltimore Orioles by four games and have seen the inside for the first time as an outside team. With just 13 games left, the Mariners look most likely to make it through their first postseason since 2001, breaking the sport’s longest playoff drought.

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