Mariners’ Hernandez could be dropped from opening day start

AP

Print Article

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez toils in the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at Safeco Field in Seattle. (Dean Rutz/Seattle Times/TNS)

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernandez and opening day have been a constant since 2009. That could change.

Limited by injuries to a 6-5 record in 16 starts over 86 2/3 innings last year, Hernandez could lose the March 29 opening assignment to James Paxton after the left-hander went 12-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 2017.

“I want to stay healthy. If I stay healthy I can do good things. That’s all I want,” Hernandez said Thursday when the Mariners held their first official workout. “I don’t think I need to make any adjustments. I’m just going to go with my strengths.”

Hernandez finished with his lowest wins and innings totals since becoming a full-time major league starter in 2006. He thinks he can make more than 26 starts this year.

Hernandez, who turns 32 in April, had a pair of long disabled list stints because of right shoulder inflammation and bursitis. He will be on the same schedule as the rest of the starting pitchers in camp, manager Scott Servais said, and is slated for his first mound session on Saturday.

“It’s not about the the first bullpen or the first spring training game, it’s about being ready to go when the season starts,” Servais said. “He looks great, he’s happy to be in camp, he’s excited to be around his teammates and see where this season is going to go. We’ve all got things to prove, and he’s one of them. I’m anxious to see him out there.”

If Hernandez does have something to prove, he isn’t saying so.

“It’s all about pitching. If we can pitch, we’re going to win games,” Hernandez said. “I don’t have to prove anything. I do my thing. I don’t have to prove anything else.”

Notes: 1B Ryon Healy will miss four to size weeks after surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur in his right hand. Healy, acquired in a November trade with Oakland, is the projected starting first baseman for Seattle. Servais said Daniel Vogelbach and Mike Ford will get a lot of the opportunities to play first in spring training games with Healy out. ... The Mariners’ planned workout was limited due to wet fields from recent rain, though pitchers did some throwing. Paxton threw his first bullpen session.

Print Article

Read More Sports

A’s clinch playoff berth, then beat Mariners 7-3

AP

September 25, 2018 at 5:00 am | Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth since 2014, then beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 Monday night behind Khris Davis’ major league-leading 46th h...

Comments

Read More

Several Manta Rays fare well at home swim meet

September 25, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — Manta Ray Aquatics hosted the Sprint Shootout swim meet recently. Teams from around the Inland Empire competed at the Tony St. Onge Pool of Dreams in the short course season kickoff eve...

Comments

Read More

Seahawks Earl Thomas says Cowboys coaches asked him ‘Are you ready for the trade tomorrow?’

September 25, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald Earl Thomas says the Cowboys think he’s about to be traded to Dallas. At least that’s what the Seahawks’ All-Pro safety said Cowboys coaches portrayed it to him on the field, for whatever reason, be...

Comments

Read More

Wilson 2 TDs, Thomas 2 picks, Seahawks beat Cowboys 24-13

AP

September 24, 2018 at 5:00 am | SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns in the first half, Chris Carson added a 5-yard TD run in early in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks avoided a 0-3 start with a 24-13 ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2018 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X