The Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez bats during a spring game against the Dodgers on March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez bats during a spring game against the Dodgers on March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Prized M’s prospect Rodriguez out with fractured hand

The 18-year-old West Virginia outfielder will miss 4-6 weeks.

By Ryan Divish / The Seattle Times

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Julio Rodriguez’s rapid rise through the Seattle Mariners’ minor-league system has been sidetracked. No, it wasn’t the difficulty of jumping from the Dominican Summer League to Low-A West Virginia as an 18-year-old. He had a slash line of .355/.442/.452 with three doubles and three RBI in nine games.

Instead, it was a wayward fastball from Augusta Greenjackets right-hander Jake Wong on April 12 that put Rodriguez’s progression on standby. The ball struck Rodriguez on the left hand, producing a hairline fracture in his third metacarpal. Initial X-rays came back negative and Rodriguez’s return was day to day. But later tests revealed the fracture.

Rodriguez was officially placed on West Virginia’s 7-day injured list three days ago.

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said via text message that the organization is going to be careful with the injury. Hand and wrist injuries for position players can linger if not properly rested and healed. They will not rush Rodriguez back from the injury.

“We’ll be careful,” Dipoto said. “Expecting he’ll miss 4-6 weeks.”

Rodriguez is rated as the No. 5 overall prospect in the Mariners organization by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline. He has power, athleticism and oozes potential.

“Definitely a bummer,” Dipoto said. “But it shouldn’t be anything more than a small speed bump.”

More in Sports

Lake Stevens senior earns title at prestigious Viking Invite

Wyatt Hall captures the 285-pound title in a tournament filled with top-tier wrestling programs.

Former Marysville Pilchuck star looking for shot in NFL

After being forced to medically retire at UW, Austin Joyner is making himself available for the NFL draft.

Ducks rally, stun Huskies on late 3 in overtime

Washington lets a 16-point second-half lead slip away in a 64-61 loss to No. 8 Oregon.

Silvertips rout rival Thunderbirds

Seven different Everett players record multi-point nights in an 8-0 win over Seattle.

E-W stuns Getchell with furious rally, game-winning 3-pointer

Senior Bryan Bunyatipanon hits the winning shot as the clock expires in the Warriors’ 60-57 win.

Battle steps up big in UW’s win over Oregon State

The former Marysville Pilchuck star gets his first-career start and sparks the Huskies’ victory.

Lakewood hoops star breaks his coach’s all-time scoring record

Alex Jensen, a rare four-year team captain, has helped turn the Cougars’ program into a contender.

Prep stars for Saturday, Jan. 18

Prep stars of the night for Saturday, Jan. 18: Wyatt Hall, Lakes… Continue reading

Prep results for Saturday, Jan. 18

Prep results for Saturday, Jan. 18: BOYS BASKETBALL Wesco 4A Monroe 73,… Continue reading

Most Read