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Hernandez will likely wait until early March to pitch in exhibition games so he can use the time to complete his workouts first. He is one bullpen session behind, but his personal routine will have him ready for game activity well before the season begins.
King Felix is 110-86 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.203 WHIP in his nine years, all with Seattle. He was the 2010 A.L. Cy Young winner with a 13-12 record. He won it because of his 2.27 ERA in 249.2 innings that year.
The same holds true for rookie Taijuan Walker. The Mariners do not want to overload his young arm (age 21). He felt soreness after pre-camp bullpen sessions, and he also needs to build arm strength to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Slowing down gave his arm a chance to heal so he can complete his bullpen sessions before he starts throwing batting practice. The Mariners say that the soreness is gone, so Walker can now step up his throwing.
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