The major league baseball career of pitcher Felix Hernandez has been relatively injury free. However, on Tuesday he was visibly upset after he left the game after pitching just two innings.
The Seattle Mariners ace left Tuesday night’s start against Detroit without recording a single out in the third inning. He will return to Seattle so doctors can look at what Scott Servais, his manager, has called a “dead arm.”
He had tightness in his right shoulder when he started the second inning Tuesday, said Servais. The Mariners manager said it appeared to be a definite dead arm and his ace will be examined by team doctors back in Seattle.
Hernandez did not want to speak with anyone from the media, following the game, which is very unusual as the veteran is good with the media on a regular basis. The Mariners lost the game 19-9.
Wednesday morning Hernandez returned to Seattle to meet doctors and in all likelihood would not make his next scheduled started this weekend.
Prior to leaving the game on Tuesday in the third inning with no outs, Hernandez allowed one run in the first inning and a three-run home run during the second. Even players in the Detroit dugout were surprised by how Hernandez was pitching.
Ina Kinsler, the starting second baseman for Detroit, who has over 80 career at bats against the Seattle ace, said it has been a very long time since he saw Hernandez pitch that way. Kinsler added that he hoped Hernandez was healthy because he did not look right on the mound.
Hernandez, who is 31, has had a career that has been free of most arm problems although a strained calf kept him out of the lineup in 2016 for more than six weeks.
In 2005, while in the minors, he missed one month with shoulder bursitis and during 2007 an inflamed elbow in his second season in the majors put him on the disabled list.
In his five starts this season, Hernandez is 2-2 with an ERA of 4.73. His career ERA is 3.18. The American League Cy Young winner in 2010, Hernandez has a career record of 156-111 in his 12 plus seasons, all with Seattle.
Servais down played the situation but did admit that problems with a pitcher’s shoulder can be quite problematic.
Servais said Hernandez did not have much during the game. He said no pain was felt by Hernandez, he just did not feel good, added the Mariners manager.