It was another ‘Happy Felix Day’ on Sunday for the Mariners as Seattle won the rubber match of their three game series in Texas, but for Felix Hernandez, not everything went exactly according to plan.
He pitched fine going 5.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits while striking out five and walking five, but what ended his outing may have been a little concerning. Felix left his start with a stiff elbow, but according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, it was just a precautionary move referring to his long inning.
“I said, ‘What’s going on?’” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said about his visit to the mound. “He said, ‘It’s just a little stiff.’ And I said, ‘Give me the ball.’ ”
Hernandez is expected to be ready for his next start in Anaheim against the Angels this upcoming weekend. When asked about the injury, Felix wasn’t worried at all.
“It’s not bad,” Hernandez said. “It’s a little stiff. It’s not a big deal. I’ll be ready to go next time.”
It hasn’t necessarily been the best season for Hernandez coming off of a 2014 season in which he led the AL in ERA and finished second in the AL Cy Young race to Indians starter Corey Kluber. In 2015, Hernandez has a 3.54 ERA with a 1.17 and a 185/56 strikeout to walk ratio to go along with 18 wins, his most since 2009 when he had 19.
Felix has a shot to get to 20 wins for the first time in his career as he is expected to get two more starts in the 2015 campaign and if you know Felix, you of course know that he is striving to get there.
“I will do whatever I can to win those games,” said Hernandez.
As for the health of Hernandez, of course the Mariners will be cautious with him, but being the ultimate competitor that he is, I would expect nothing less from the Mariners ace.