OUTFélix Hernández
SP SEA
2 months ago

General manager Jerry Dipoto said Hernandez will be managed differently next season to get him through 30 starts, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hernandez showed some signs of slowing down this season, as injuries limited him to just 16 starts and 86.2 innings -- both his lowest totals since his shortened rookie campaign. He also posted an unremarkable 4.36 ERA, which is only better than the 4.52 ERA he posted in his first full season in the majors. While Dipoto believes Hernandez is doing everything he can in the offseason, he thinks the 31-year-old may benefit from some down time or an occasional skipped start next season to keep him fresh. A clearer plan for "King Felix" will likely be hashed out in the offseason.

OUTFélix Hernández
SP SEA
2 months ago

Hernandez will not start again this season, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fernandez was on top of his game in his last start, giving up just two hits and an earned run over six innings, but with the Mariners out of the playoff race the team decided that was a good way to finish his campaign. Fernandez made just 16 starts for the Mariners in 2017, but with him able to finish out the season on the mound, he will have a normal offseason as he prepares for next year.

OUTFélix Hernández
SP SEA
2 months ago

Hernandez (6-5) held the Athletics at bay to pick up the win Monday night, allowing one run on two hits and two walks across six innings of work. He struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

There was nothing flashy about King Felix's outing, but it's hard to argue with the results. He threw 46 of his 70 pitches for strikes and was only touched up for a solo home run in his final inning. Hernandez is on track to make one more start this season, but with the Mariners already eliminated from the postseason chase, the team could opt to let him head into the offseason on a high note and focus on getting healthy for 2018. If he does make one final start, he would likely take his 4.36 ERA into Sunday's matchup with the Angels.

OUTFélix Hernández
SP SEA
2 months ago

Hernandez (5-5) took the loss Wednesday against the Rangers, surrendering six runs (five earned) on only two hits and three walks while striking out four.

EDGE Analysis

Encouragingly, he was perfect through the first three innings, but the wheels came off in the fourth as the first five Rangers reached base and Hernandez exited with the bases loaded, only to watch Andrew Albers serve up a grand slam to Rougned Odor in his place. King Felix will take a 4.57 ERA into his next start Monday in Oakland.

OUTFélix Hernández
SP SEA
2 months ago

Hernandez could see up to three more starts before the end of the regular season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hernandez fired 3.2 innings against the Rangers in his Thursday return from a shoulder injury and could potentially have three more opportunities to build his strength back up. The Mariners remain 3.5 games behind the Twins for a wild-card spot, and there's a possibility that Hernandez will take the mound twice in what could be pivotal season-ending road trip over the final week of the season. He'll make his next start in a rematch versus the Rangers next Wednesday, when he'll try to up his pitch count from the 54 he tallied in his first start back.

OUTFélix Hernández
SP SEA
2 months ago

Hernandez, pitching Thursday for the first time since late July, tossed 3.2 innings in the Mariners' victory over the Rangers. He allowed one earned run, posted a 3:0 K:BB, and did not factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

Hernandez threw the ball well Thursday after being activated from the disabled list, but he ran into his pitch count midway through the fourth inning and was removed from the game. He will have an extra day of rest before his next start and figures to be cleared to throw around 60-70 pitches as he takes on the same Texas squad.

OUTFélix Hernández
SP SEA
2 months ago

Hernandez (shoulder) returns from the 10-day disabled list to take the hill against the Rangers on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Hernandez is set to make his first start since July 31, as the right-hander has spent the last six weeks recovering from right shoulder bursitis. Over the course of 13 outings this season, Hernandez is sporting a 4.28 ERA and 1.36 WHIP while touting a 69:21 K:BB. For Thursday's game, he's expected to be limited to 50 pitches, and faces a solid Texas lineup in Arlington.

OUTFélix Hernández
SP SEA
2 months ago

Hernandez (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list and take the mound against the Rangers on Thursday, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hernandez is set to make his return to the mound after spending the past five-plus weeks on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis. He'll face off against a stout Rangers offense that sports the fifth-best team OPS since the All-Star break.

OUTFélix Hernández
SP SEA
2 months ago

Hernandez (shoulder) will throw a 30-35 pitch simulated game Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hernandez has continued progressing without setbacks recently and could be on track to return in the near future. If Friday's simulated session goes well, it could be the final step before he's cleared to rejoin the rotation for abbreviated starts beginning next week.

OUTFélix Hernández
SP SEA
3 months ago

Hernandez (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session Monday and then a simulated game Friday, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

He says his bullpen session Friday went well, so he will continue to progress with his throwing program in hopes of returning this season. Hernandez has been sidelined since July 31, and posted a 4.28 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 73.2 innings prior to hitting the shelf.