Seattle Mariners reinstate OF rookie Julio Rodriguez from injured reserve
The Seattle Mariners reinstated rookie star outfielder Julio Rodriguez from the 10-day disabled list on Monday and also reinstated receiver Curt Casali from the paternity list.
In corresponding moves, the club went for wide receiver Brian O’Keefe and infielder Abraham Toro to Triple-A Tacoma.
The Mariners conclude their regular season at home with a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers. Rodriguez is the lead-off designated hitter in Game 1 of Monday’s series.
Rodriguez last played Sept. 22 and was on the IL with a lower back injury Friday when Seattle clinched its first American League playoff berth since 2001.
Rodriguez, who burst onto the major league scene earlier this year and was named to the American League All-Star Team, missed three games Sept. 17-19 with a tight bottom back. After returning to the lineup on September 20, he left a game on September 22 late in the first inning.
The 21-year-old is batting .280 with an .844 OPS to go with 27 home runs and 73 RBIs in 129 games this season.
Casali, 33, has been out since Friday. He’s batting .200 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 54 games with the Giants and San Francisco Mariners this season. He was acquired by Seattle at the trade deadline and is 3 for 32 (.094) with two RBIs in 13 games with the Mariners.
O’Keefe, 29, made his major league debut on Saturday and went 1-for-3 in two games over the weekend. Toro, 25, was batting .179 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 106 games this season.
Reuters contributed to this report.