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Felix Hernandez throws first bullpen session in M’s camp

Feb 20, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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An MRI taken in early February — just before Felix Hernandez inked a record seven-year, $175 million contract extension with Seattle — revealed some potential long-term issues in the 26-year-old right-hander’s pitching elbow. But all is well for now.

According to beat writer Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Hernandez was brimming with confidence after throwing his first bullpen session of the spring on Wednesday afternoon in Mariners camp.

“I was waiting for it for a long time,” Hernandez said of the 33-pitch indoor throwing session, which lasted about 10 minutes. “Now that I feel good, I’m going to just keep going out there like normal and go with my routine and prepare for the games.” Check the Seattle Times’ website for video of the workout.

“I thought he looked free and easy and looked really good for his first time out,” added skipper Eric Wedge.

“King Felix” registered a stellar 3.06 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 223/56 K/BB ratio across 232 innings last season. If all continues to go smoothly, he will start on Opening Day — April 1 — against the Athletics.

  1. jibzek - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I don’t care if he’s pitching. I demand to know if he’s in the BSOHL.

    Demand it!

    • Drew Silva - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      Ehh … http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Felix+Hernandez/Seattle+Mariners+Photo+Day/m9Ty1xZFaaW

      • IdahoMariner - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        he looks pretty good – he has definitely been heavier.

        and, wedge’s comment makes me laugh – felix is a joy to watch pitch, but free and easy is not a phrase i associate with his pitching. i believe it was joe posnanski who once described him on the mound as looking like he would rip off your arm and beat you to death with it. he is a very emotional pitcher and a big guy…the combo doesn’t usually make for free and easy. but he, it’s spring training, so maybe he’s fee and easy until april.

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