Seattle rookie star Julio Rodriguez was placed on the disabled list Sunday with a bruise to his left wrist after being hit by a pitch the night before.
Manager Scott Servais said X-rays were negative, but the center fielder was in a lot of pain and won’t be able to carry a bat for at least five days. The team decided it was best to put him on the disabled list to get another player on the roster.
“I think everybody knows that the wrist, the hands, is a sensitive area when you have a bat,” Servais said. “You have to do the right thing. Let him be fully recovered when he comes back.”
Rodriguez was hit on the back of the hand while swinging in the top of the eighth inning of Seattle’s victory Saturday night. He struck out and played in the bottom of the inning before being pulled in the ninth.
The loss is a blow to the Mariners. Rodriguez has had a breakout rookie season, hitting .271 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs.