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Scott Servais Gives Worrisome Julio Rodriguez Injury Update

Isaiah De Los Santos
Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais has provided a worrisome Julio Rodriguez injury update.
Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais has provided a worrisome Julio Rodriguez injury update. / (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

The Seattle Mariners hoped Julio Rodriguez's recent back flare-up was behind him after he returned to the lineup on Tuesday. However, Rodriguez being pulled early on Thursday immediately reignited concerns about the Mariners' young star.

Manager Scott Servais' comments after the game certainly won't put fans at ease.

Servais said Rodriguez will undergo an MRI after his lower back tightness reappeared Thursday night. The Seattle manager didn't mince words when he said Rodriguez's injury is "concerning."

This back issue could not have come at a worse time for the Mariners, who are in the thick of a tight playoff race and hoping to make some noise in the postseason. Seattle currently owns the third and final AL Wild Card spot at 82-67, but the Baltimore Orioles (78-71) aren't going away down the stretch.

Rodriguez has been a major part of this club's turnaround in 2022. He's recorded 27 home runs, 73 RBIs and 25 stolen bases while slashing .280/.342/.502 across 129 games.

The Mariners haven't fared well without Rodriguez this year, going an underwhelming 9-11 when he's not in the lineup. They just dropped two of their last three against the Los Angeles Angels this past weekend when Rodriguez was initially sidelined due to his back issue.

Hopefully the stud centerfielder's scans come back with some news for this playoff hopeful. The Mariners are currently +2800 (T-No. 7) to win the World Series, according to MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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