For the first time since Aug. 2, Felix Hernandez is back on the mound, pitching Thursday night’s series finale against the Texas Rangers.
The Mariners Thursday activated Felix Hernandez from the disabled list and penciled him in to start Thursday night’s series finale against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. The 31-year-old Hernandez, 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts this season, has been on DL since Aug. 2 with right shoulder bursitis.
In eight starts prior to going on the DL for the second time this season (also April 26-June 23), Hernandez was 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA with 47 strikeouts and 18 walks.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-hander is coming off three rehab starts with AAA Tacoma, going 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA with 16 strikeouts and three walks.
In parts of 13 seasons with the Mariners, Hernandez is 159-113 with a 3.19 ERA and 2,333 strikeouts in 372 career starts. He recorded his 2,300th career strikeout July 4 vs. Kansas City, becoming the 50th pitcher in MLB history to reach that milestone.
Hernandez is the Mariners all-time leader in wins, starts (372), quality starts (246), innings pitched (2489.1) and strikeouts (2,333).
Hernandez will oppose RHP Andrew Cashner (9-9, 3.18). The Mariners (73-73), who have 18 runs on 26 hits in their past two games, both wins, are 3.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second American League wild card berth.