Felix Hernandez may not have a chance to win 15 games -- the Mariners are considering giving Hernandez just two more starts instead of three.
Hernandez leads the American League with 233 2/3 innings pitched and close to his career-high of 238 2/3 innings.
"He's 24 years old and has thrown 233 innings," interim manager Daren Brown told reporters on Sunday (via MLB.com ). "It's something we'll have to monitor. We talk about stressful innings. I saw a stat on him a couple of days ago on how many scoreless innings he has pitched out of the 233. To me, the number was amazing."
In 233 2/3 innings, 193 of Herandez's innings have been scoreless.
"I know I sound like a broken record, but he's improtant to where we're trying to go and he's somebody we're going to keep a close eye on and take care of him," Brown said. "We'll have to look at everything -- innings and number of pitches. He's thrown more pitches than anybody else."
Hernandez is scheduled to pitch against the Blue Jays on Thursday and the regular rotation would put him on the hill Sept. 28 at Texas and in the season-finale against the A's on Oct. 3.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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