The Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez could be kept on IL day after leaving the game with back tightness, according to the report.

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The Seattle Mariners are “likely” to place rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez on the injured list on Friday. According to Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated, the move comes a day after he sat out Seattle’s game against the Oakland Athletics due to back tightness. Bishop notes that the Mariners expect Rodriguez to return by the end of the regular season, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Rodriguez recently missed three games because of his back. He was expected to undergo an MRI on Friday.

“About,” Mariners manager Scott Servais He told ESPN on Thursday“Same area low back.. He will get a job [Friday] When we get to Kansas City, take the MRI and its pictures.

Rodriguez, 21, has been a sensation this season for the upstart Mariners. In his first 129 games, he is hitting .280/.342/.502 (144 OPS+) with 27 home runs and 25 stolen bases (in 32 attempts). According to Baseball-Reference.com, Rodríguez’s contributions are rated at 5.7 hits adjusted. He is the frontrunner for the American League Rookie of the Year award.

The Mariners entered Friday with an 82-67 record this season, putting them in position to clinch the third and final wild-card spot in the AL. The Mariners are a half-game back of the Tampa Bay Rays and 1 1/2 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays for the second wild-card spot. Meanwhile, the Mariners held a four-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles, their first appearance on the road. With just 13 games left to play, the Mariners look more than likely to make their first postseason since 2001, snapping the sport’s longest playoff drought.

The Mariners will complete their regular season finale this weekend. They begin a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

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