Oakland, California. — – Seattle Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez left Thursday’s game at Oakland with lower back tightness.
Rodriguez doubled and scored in the first. The center fielder walked off the field with a trainer in the bottom of the inning.
Jared Kelenick moved from left to center field and Sam Haggerty entered the game in left.
Rodriguez recently missed three games in Anaheim with a lower back problem. The front-runner for AL Rookie of the Year is batting .280 with 27 homers and 73 RBI in 129 games.
Seattle is trying to avoid a three-game sweep against the last-place Athletics.