Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez has been shut down for the remainder of the season, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. The 29-year-old has labored a bit in his last two outings, needing 202 pitches to complete 11 2/3 innings, and the M's have decided it's best to shut him down and look ahead to 2016. Hisashi Iwakuma, Vidal Nuno and Roenis Elias will start this weekend against the A's, in that order. Hernandez falls short of 200 innings and 200 strikeouts for the first time since 2008.
Mariners starter Felix Hernandez scattered eight hits and two walks while allowing two runs across six innings in a no-decision on Saturday. He struck out six. Hernanez allowed the first three batters to single and the fourth batter to walk, but then settled down after that. It's been a down year for the ace, as his 3.53 ERA and 1.18 WHIP are the highest since 2011. It may be a case of 2,200-plus innings catching up to the workhorse and it may be difficult for him to re-capture his Cy Young form. In any case, he's still a very reliable arm and should be highly drafted once again next year.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez (elbow) has been confirmed as Saturday's starter against the Angels, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. The right-hander left his last start a bit prematurely due to elbow stiffness, but was adamant the issue wouldn't cost him a turn, saying he had "no doubt" he would be able to go against the Angels. Seattle decided to give Hernandez one extra day to be safe, but it has not suggested he will be limited in any way Saturday.
Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (elbow) will make his next start Saturday against the Angels, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Hernandez's start would have been scheduled for Friday if it was on normal rest, but it appears he will receive an extra day off and instead take his turn a day later Saturday. The starter for Friday remains unclear, but Hernandez should make two starts including Saturday before the regular season ends.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez (elbow) said Tuesday that he has "no doubt" he will make his next scheduled start, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. A bout of elbow stiffness resulted in an abbreviated outing for Hernandez on Sunday, but his removal was deemed precautionary, and the right-hander indicated he has experienced no lingering issues in the days since. As things currently line up, Hernandez will toe the rubber Friday in the series opener against the Angels in Anaheim.