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Mariners star rookie Julio Rodriguez (wrist) returns to lineup

Jul 19, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; American League outfielder Julio Rodriguez (44) of the Seattle Mariners reacts after flying out against the National League during the eighth inning of the 2022 MLB All Star Game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners rookie center fielder Julio Rodriguez avoided the injured list and returned to the lineup for Tuesday night’s home game against the Texas Rangers.

Rodriguez missed four games with a bruised left wrist after the Mariners came back from the All-Star break. He was set to bat leadoff and play center against Texas.

The 21-year-old jammed his wrist while attempting to steal second base against the Rangers on July 17 in the final game before the All-Star break.

Rodriguez was named an All-Star and also participated in the Home Run Derby the day after suffering the injury. He hit 81 homers and finished runner-up to Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals. The next day, he went 0-for-2 in the All-Star Game.

Rodriguez later told reporters that he felt his wrist “getting a little bit worse” after the Home Run Derby. Before his return Tuesday, there was slight concern an IL stint would be required.

The overwhelming favorite to win American League Rookie of the Year, Rodriguez has played in 91 games this year and collected 16 home runs, 18 doubles, 52 RBIs and 21 stolen bases while batting .275.

–Field Level Media