Seattle Mariners top prospect Jarred Kelenic out with knee strain

Jul 3, 2020; Seattle, Washington, United States; Seattle Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic (58) watches an afternoon practice session at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic is dealing with a strained adductor muscle in his left knee, the team announced Saturday.

Kelenic, 21, sustained the injury during Friday’s spring training game against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI exam confirmed he avoided a more serious injury.

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“While disappointed that Jarred will be sidelined, we are relieved that the long-term outlook is positive,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a release. “We all look forward to seeing him back on the field in the near future.”

A first-round pick (sixth overall) by the New York Mets in 2018, Kelenic is in camp this spring as a non-roster invitee. He spent the 2020 season at the Mariners’ alternate training site in Tacoma, Wash.

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Kelenic is ranked as the majors’ No. 4 prospect for 2021 by both MLB.com and Baseball America. In 2019, he batted .291 with 23 homers, 68 RBIs, 31 doubles and 20 stolen bases in 117 games at three minor league stops.

–Field Level Media