SEATTLE (AP) — Rookie sensation Julio Rodríguez was cut at the last minute from the Seattle Mariners roster on Friday night for a game against the Houston Astros.
The Mariners announced moments before the first pitch that the 21-year-old would not play as Seattle bid for their 15th straight win, which would tie the franchise record set in 2001. Seattle did not immediately announce why Rodríguez had been scratched.
Rodríguez was expected to hit game opener and play center field in the Mariners’ first game after the All-Star break. Dylan Moore started at center instead.
Rodríguez is days away from a national outing night at the All-Star Home Run Derby, where he lost to Juan Soto in the finals despite hitting 81 home runs. He also played his first All-Star Game on Tuesday.
He’s a favorite for AL Rookie of the Year after hitting .275 with 16 home runs, 21 stolen bases, 52 RBIs and an .814 OPS in the first half of the season.
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