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Felix Hernandez was given “clean bill of health” by Mariners

Feb 13, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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Remember all that talk about a right elbow issue potentially derailing the Mariners’ new seven-year, $175 million contract extension with staff ace Felix Hernandez? Don’t feel too bad if not because it’s a distant memory for the two main parties involved.

According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told reporters on Wednesday that Felix got a “clean bill of health” from Mariners doctors during his pre-signing physical. “Our doctors were very satisfied,” said Jack Z.

So the elbow thing was either extremely minor or a negotiating tactic. Whatever the case, the M’s have finalized the record extension and will hand the ball to “King Felix” on Opening Day against the A’s.

The 26-year-old righty from Venezuela is now the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history.

  1. sjtorpitt - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Imagine what JV is gonna get…

    • djpostl - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      Imagine how dumb the M’s will feel when his elbow blows out after having said this….

      They obviously saw something in the first place and combined with the fact at a relatively young age the dude has already gone from 98-99 MPH on his heater to 93 average this all spells a disaster in the making for Seattle’s front office.

  2. trippymane - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Best pitcher in baseball… He deserves it. *tears* *sniff*

  3. seahawks80 - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Seattle will regret this signing in 3 years.

  4. uyf1950 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Hernandez caveat in his contract is almost identical to the one the Red Sox had for Lackey in case of an injury.

  5. beastmode5150 - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Hey Dj, you realize his failing elbow threw a perfect game this past year right? Late in the year too…

  6. mdev1987 - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    The same doc that cleared Pineda right lol

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