Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez has been placed on the disabled list with a calf injury sustained while celebrating a home run against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, per Bob Dutton of the News Tribune. It’s unclear when he will return.

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Servais Comments on Hernandez’s Injury

Wednesday, June 1

Manager Scott Servais told reporters that Hernandez strained the calf on Tuesday while warming up to play catch. However, Servais said the team will keep Hernandez’s arm activated while he recovers.

Hernandez Placed on Disabled List

Wednesday, June 1

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported left-handed starter James Paxton has been recalled from Triple-A to take Hernandez’s spot on the active roster. 

Hernandez Has Been the Model of Health During Career

Hernandez missed a scheduled start on April 22 due to an illness, but he’s otherwise been healthy during the 2016 season—a trend that has carried over from previous campaigns. 

The 30-year-old made 30 starts every season from 2006 through 2015, and he notched fewer than 200 innings pitched just twice during that span.

“I feel the same as I did when I was 21,” Hernandez told Divish in April. “I don’t feel any different. I have my own routine. I do a lot of stuff in the training room and in the weight room, and it’s why I feel that way.” 

A six-time All-Star and 2010 Cy Young Award recipient, Hernandez has posted a record of 4-4 this season while recording an ERA of 2.86.

Should the Mariners ace hit the shelf for an extended period, Servais will need to tinker with his rotation and find ways to avoid a backslide sans Hernandez. 


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