Tearful Mariners outfielder takes ‘full responsibility’ after breaking foot while kicking water cooler

seattle mariners Outfielder Jarred Kelenic suffered a broken left foot after kicking a water cooler during a 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

Kelenic was placed in the 10 day disabled list on Thursday, the team announced.

Jarred Kelenic of the Seattle Mariners reacts after a groundout against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 18, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

An emotional Kelenic addressed the media on Thursday, telling reporters that he let his teammates down.

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«I let the emotions get the best of me there,» Kelenic said as he fought back tears. «I just feel terrible. Especially for the guys. I let emotions get the better of me and I let them down. And I take full responsibility for it. It’s up to me. It just can’t happen.»

Kelenic came out in the ninth inning against Twins closer Jhoan Duran with two runners on base and the Mariners trailing 6-3.

After striking out on a nine-pitch at-bat, Kelenic kicked a water cooler after returning to the dugout, according to The Associated Press.

«We came in last night with the game on the line, two guys up against, possibly the best closer in baseball, and I put together a good at-bat,» Kelenic told reporters. «I was just grinding, you know.

Jarred Kelenic makes a catch

Jarred Kelenic, number 10 of the Seattle Mariners, makes a play against the Minnesota Twins at T-Mobile Park on July 18, 2023, in Seattle, Washington. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

«And unfortunately I couldn’t get through. And like I said, I made a mistake.»

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Seattle does not believe Kelenic will require surgery, although Mariners manager Scott Servais said he will be out for an extended period.

«I think it’s a learning lesson for him. For all the players,» Servais said. «players get frustrated when they don’t get the results they want. But you have to be able to control your emotions, and that’s part of being a professional. Last night, he let it get the best of him, and it affects us all.»

In his third season in the MLB, Kelenic has experienced his best season at the plate, hitting .252 with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs.

Jarred Kelenic looks on before a game against the Giants

Jarred Kelenic, number 10 of the Seattle Mariners, looks on before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on July 3, 2023 in San Francisco, California. (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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The Mariners are 47-48 and are 10 games out of first place in the AL West.

«He’s had a good season up to this point. He’s made a lot of adjustments on the pitch and you can see it. There are days where he looks great. There are other days where he’s been a struggle, like all the young players,» Servais said. «But at the end of the day, when you react like that, and I think whatever hits him as hard as anyone, it doesn’t just affect him, it affects the rest of us.»

Associated Press contributed to this report.