Felix Hernandez Activated from DL & Starting Tonight
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the Mariners have activated right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez from the 10-day disabled list.
Hernandez is scheduled to start tonight’s (5:05 p.m. PT / 7:05 p.m. CT) game at the Texas Rangers.
Hernandez, 31, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on August 5, retroactive to August 2, with right shoulder bursitis.
Hernandez is 5–4 with a 4.28 ERA (35 ER, 73.2 IP) with 69 strikeouts and 21 walks in 13 starts with the Mariners this season, and has had two stints on the disabled list with right shoulder issues. In his last 8 starts (June 23-July 31), he is 3–2 with a 4.02 ERA (21 ER, 47.0 IP) with 47 strikeouts and 18 walks.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-hander was on the disabled list earlier this season from April 26 — June 23 with right shoulder inflammation. He made 3 rehab starts with AAA Tacoma, going 2–0 with a 4.15 ERA (6 ER, 13.0 IP) with 16 strikeouts and 3 walks. In his first 5 starts of the season (4/3–25), Hernandez was 2–2 with a 4.73 ERA (14 ER, 26.2 IP) with 22 strikeouts and 3 walks.
In parts of 13 Major League seasons with the Mariners, he is 159–113 with a 3.19 ERA (883 ER, 2489.1 IP) with 2333 strikeouts and 716 walks in 372 career starts. He recorded his 2,300th career strikeout on July 4 vs. Kansas City, becoming the 50th pitcher in Major League history to reach that milestone. Hernandez is the Mariners all-time career leader in wins (159), starts (372), quality starts (246), innings pitched (2489.1) and strikeouts (2333). The native of Valencia, Venezuela, originally signed with the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on July 4, 2002.