10:46 AM: X-rays have been destructive on Rodriguez, Jerry Dipoto stated throughout an look on “The Front Office Show” on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (Twitter hyperlink). It does not appear seemingly that Rodriguez will play in immediately’s recreation and the M’s will proceed to observe the outfielder’s standing, however the preliminary check outcomes are “a superb portent for the longer term,” as Dipoto put it.
10:06AM: Julio Rodriguez was hit in the best hand by a pitch in final night time’s 5-4 victory over the Astros, and needed to finally go away the competition within the ninth inning. The rookie famous person was hit within the high of the eighth and he felt adequate to take the sector for the underside half of the inning, although pinch-hitter Abraham Thoreau changed Rodriguez for a ninth-inning plate look.
X-rays have been scheduled for final night time, and the outcomes could possibly be a turning level within the Mariners’ season. A critical damage might sideline Rodriguez for many or the entire the rest of the schedule — a worst-case state of affairs that will each severely damage Seattle’s possibilities of lastly ending its postseason drought, and slicing brief Rodriguez’s spectacular rookie marketing campaign.
Widely seen as the highest prospect in baseball, Rodriguez has hit .271/.334/.482 with 18 homers and 21 steals over his first 401 plate appearances within the majors. Between his energy, pace, and robust middle subject protection, Rodriguez already appears to be like like one of many sport’s high all-around skills at age 21, and has even drawn comparisons to the Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr.
Friday’s acquisition of Luis Castillo is the most recent signal that the Mariners are all-in on the 2022 season, and no matter additional plans president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto may need would certainly be impacted by Rodriguez’s standing — if even a 10-day IL journey is required, the M’s might conceivably look so as to add some outfield depth to fill the void. Prior to yesterday’s recreation, Dipoto stated the Mariners have been “nonetheless open to the concept of including a bullpen arm,” however downplayed the concept of the membership making one other big transfer.
In regards to offense particularly, Dipoto advised The Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish and different reporters that the M’s have been largely relying on inner returns of injured gamers. “We view Mitch (Haniger) and the addition of Kyle Lewis final week because the strikes that our offense wanted. That being stated, we’ll preserve our ear to the road within the occasion that chance exists. It’s just a bit harder to see the place that is perhapsDipoto stated.
The M’s already gave up fairly a little bit of land Castillo, though with a deep farm system, Seattle has extra to supply in different doable trades. In a chunk written previous to the Castillo deal, Divish cited a number of younger gamers both already on Seattle’s MLB roster or of their farm system and ranked them on their chance as commerce chips. Edwin Arroyo was the highest-ranked member of Divish’s listing to be dealt within the Castillo swap, with Arroyo touchdown within the third tier — dubbed the “it will damage, but when it is the best participant(s) in return” division. Since Noelvi Marte was within the fourth tier, Seattle solely needed to transfer two of its high 10 younger property to land Castillo in Divish’s estimation, though clearly a few of these property (like Rodriguez or Logan Gilbert) are untouchable or all-but-untouchable.
Jarred Kelenic was as soon as seen as a can’t-move sort of prospect, and but Divish hears from a scout that “the Mariners have made it clear they’re prepared to commerce Kelenic to fill their instant wants.” Kelenic has hit solely .173/.256/.338 over 473 PA in his first two huge league seasons, with 17 homers and 142 strikeouts in that small pattern dimension. Even as he continues to tear up Triple-A pitching, Divish notes that Kelenic is having bother hitting breaking pitches within the minors, and MLB pitchers have taken full benefit of his flaw. There would appear to be some type of sell-low side to transferring Kelenic now, but the 23-year-old would certainly generate loads of curiosity in commerce talks.