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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Felix Hernandez exits after five with sore hip

By on 8/17/2014 08:15:00 AM

Seattle Mariners ace right-hander Felix Hernandez threw only five innings in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers due to a high pitch count and a sore hip, reports Matt Slovin  of King Felix was clipped by an Ian Kinsler ground ball in the fourth inning (video here and below).

Hernandez said after the game that he was "pretty sore," but expects to make his next start. The early exit put an end to the Cy Young winner's historic run of 16 consecutive starts (since May 12) in which he went at least seven innings and allowed no more than two runs, the longest such streak since 1900. Tom Seaver had 13 such outings in 1971 for the Mets. Hernandez is 13-4 with a 1.99 ERA and 0.874 WHIP in 26 starts, striking out 197 in 185.1 innings.

Five times an All-Star, Cy Young runner up in 2009 and winner in 2010, Hernandez has a career record of 123-90 with an ERA of 3.09. He presently leads all AL pitchers with a Fangraphs WAR of 6.2 although Cleveland's Corey Kluber is giving him a run for his money at 5.6.

Now in his tenth major-league season, the 28-year old righty was signed by the Mariners in 2001 out of Venezuela and made his debut August 4, 2005 at age 19. He threw a perfect game August 15, 2012 against the Tampa Bay Rays. In February 2013 the Mariners signed him to a seven-year $175 million dollar deal that made him, at the time, the highest paid pitcher in baseball. The deal carries a team option for 2020. Jayson Stark of ESPN looked at his Hall-of-Fame chances as of July 2014 in this article.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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