Mariners’ Julio Rodríguez serving 1-game suspension, Winker returns

Jul 12, 2022, 12:55 PM | Updated: 6:19 pm
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Julio Rodríguez and Jesse Winker react during a game against the Kansas City Royals on April 24. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Update 6:19 p.m.: The Mariners’ scheduled game Tuesday against the Nationals in Washington, D.C., has been postponed due to weather. It will be made up as part of split doubleheader at Nationals Park on Wednesday. The first game will be at 9:05 a.m., and the second is set for 3:05 p.m. Both games will air live on Seattle Sports Station 710 AM, and the Seattle Sports app. Full story here.

The Seattle Mariners are a game away from being completely done with the fallout from their June 26 brawl with the Los Angeles Angels.

And they’ve done just fine while dealing with it, too.

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Jesse Winker will return from his six-game suspension when the 45-42 Mariners, winners of eight straight and 16 of their last 19, start their quick two-game series against the Washington Nationals in D.C. on Tuesday afternoon, while rookie All-Star Julio Rodríguez will be out serving his one-game suspension.

Shortstop J.P. Crawford, the other Mariners player to be penalized due to the brawl, finished his four-game suspension in the first week of July.

All three players had their original suspensions decreased by one game after going through an appeal process. While Winker and Crawford were seen throwing punches in the brawl, it has not been made clear why Rodríguez was also suspended.

Without Rodríguez, Seattle will play utility man Dylan Moore in center field for the 4:05 p.m. game, which will air live on Seattle Sports 710 AM, the flagship station of the Mariners Radio Network. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. with the pregame show. According to Shannon Drayer, Mariners insider for Seattle Sports, it will be just the fifth game in center field in Moore’s MLB career.

Chris Flexen gets the start on the mound for the Mariners against the Nationals’ Josiah Gray.

It will be a quick turnaround for the Mariners as the series will wrap up with a 9:05 a.m. Wednesday contest. That is if Tuesday’s game is played – there is a severe thunderstorm warning for the D.C. area, putting the game in jeopardy and opening up the possibility of a doubleheader Wednesday.

Here is the full Mariners lineup:

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