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Seattle Mariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez, left, walks off the field with manager Scott Servay, center right, and a trainer during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. (AP Photo /Jeff Chiu)

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez, a leading candidate for AL Rookie of the Year honors, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a lower back strain.

The move comes as Seattle sits in the third and final wild-card spot, a half-game behind Tampa Bay and four games ahead of Baltimore. Outfielder Taylor Trammel was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

Rodriguez left Thursday’s win in Oakland in the first inning after experiencing back strain. The 21-year-old leads rookies in home runs (27), runs scored (81) and total bases (251), and ranks second in RBIs (73) and stolen bases (25). He was the only rookie to be selected to the All-Star game this season.

Jared Kelenich replaced Rodriguez in center field in Seattle’s game at Kansas City. Third baseman J. P. Crawford took Rodriguez’s usual leadoff spot in the batting order.

“I expected more of (Kelenic’s) reps would come on the corners, but with Julio out right now, he’s going to play center field,” Mariners manager Scott Serve said. “We’ll let him run with it.”

Trammell played in 41 games for Seattle this year, batting .208 with four home runs and 10 RBI. In 22 games for Tacoma, he hit .333 with five homers and 12 RBIs.

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