The Mariners seeded outfielder Julio Rodriguez (bruise of the right wrist) and rescuer Dylan Moore (back cramps) on the 10-day injured list. Jarred Kelenic has been called up from Triple-A, and first baseman/outfielder Jack Larsen‘s contract has been selected from Double-A. To make way for Larsen on the 40-man roster, left-handed Anthony Misiewicz designated for assignment.
Last night’s 5-4 win over the Astros was a precious win for the Mariners as Rodriguez, Moore and… Sam Haggerty (due to a cut on his forehead) they all had to leave the game, making Seattle’s win all the more unlikely. If that wasn’t enough, Ty France will also undergo an MRI, as his nasty left wrist injury flared up again late in the game.
Rodriguez’s injury was of most concern after the star rookie was hit on the right hand while swinging, although the x-rays were negative. Rodriguez is still so sore he won’t be able to swing for the next 4-5 days, manager Scott Servais told Ryan Division of The Seattle Times and other reporters, and so the IL stint was needed to both prevent the Mariners from being understaffed and to give Rodriguez time to get well.
There’s no easy way to replace Rodriguez, who has quickly cemented himself as both the present and future of baseball in Seattle. The outfielder is the firm favorite to take the AL Rookie Of The Year honors unless this IL stint sticks or affects Rodriguez’s production once he returns. Similarly, France also made the AL All-Star team this year and has basically done nothing but strike since the M’s took him from the Padres on the 2020 trade deadline.
Rodriguez and France are the two team leaders for the Mariners in fWAR, so the loss of at least one and possibly both to injury just before the trade deadline puts Seattle’s front office in a tight position. President of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto suggested that after the… louis castle trade, the M’s could be done with any major move and relied on Mitch Haniger‘s return to boost the attack rather than relying on external pieces. The Mariners have more than 52 hours to track and evaluate Rodriguez and France before the August 2 5pm deadline, but if there is any uncertainty, the aggressive Dipoto may choose to at least make a deep trade for the line-up. up just in case.
Moore has been a valuable player in his own right, posting a 116 wRC+ (from five home runs and a .197/.350/.367 slash line in 185 PA) and playing at least one game this season in seven different positions around the diamond. . Abraham Toro will have to take some of the utility play in the meantime, although Toro has mostly played second and third base during his two seasons with the Mariners. Back cramps may not sideline Moore for much longer than the 10-day minimum, but Dipoto could also explore adding a multi-position player to help fill Moore’s shoes in the short term.
Kelenic gets another shot at establishing himself in the majors after struggling badly in the first 473 plate appearances on the Show. Kelenic has scored .173/.256/.338 as the big leaguer, striking out a clumsy 30%. That swing-and-miss has crept into Kelenic’s work in the minors, like he’s hitting well at Triple-A, his strikeout rate over 252 PA for Tacoma this season is 23.8%, significantly up from 15.4% in 143 Triple -A PA in 2021.
Larsen went unwritten in 2017, but after signing a deal with the Mariners shortly after the amateur version, the UC San Diego product is now on the cusp of its major league debut without a cup of coffee on the Triple-A. level. The 27-year old played all three outfield positions and a handful of games as first baseman, although Larsen has not played in any midfield this year. At the plate, Larsen has hit .266/.371/.444 in 564 career PA in Double-A ball. Neither Baseball America nor MLB Pipeline rate Larsen as one of the top 30 prospects in Seattle’s agricultural system.
Misiewicz has been a fixture in the Mariners bullpen for the past three seasons, but he got an option for Triple-A in June after posting a 4.61 ERA and striking out only 14% in 13 2/3 innings this season. The M’s are known to be looking for bullpen help before the deadline, and left-handed help could be a particular need as Misiewicz’s struggles further reduced a pen that was already thin on left-handers. It’s not out of the question that Misiewicz could be claimed on DFA waivers as other clubs are constantly looking for left-handed help.