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Felix Hernandez tests oblique strain by throwing off flat ground

Sep 14, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

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Felix Hernandez hasn’t pitched since September 2 due to a minor oblique strain on his left side, but he’s hoping to rejoin the Mariners’ rotation as soon as next week.

According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Hernandez didn’t have any problems throwing off flat ground prior to yesterday’s game against the Cardinals. He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday, potentially clearing the way for him to start Wednesday against the Tigers.

Hernandez is 12-9 with a 3.01 ERA and 200/41 K/BB ratio in 194 1/3 innings over 29 starts this season. He was being mentioned as a potential threat for American League Cy Young Award honors for a while, but a 6.42 ERA over his last six starts has put a damper on things.

  1. mmason0071 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Mariner’s management would be crazy to let Felix pitch again this year. He hasn’t seemed right for over a month and letting him come back now just risks serious injury in a meaningless game. But of course all the M’s management is going to get fired soon, so what do they care.

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