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Felix Hernandez exits Opening Day start with a groin injury

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Mariners ace Felix Hernandez exited Monday’s Opening Day start with a groin injury, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Hernandez suffered the injury covering first base on a Josh Reddick ground out. He stayed in the game to finish the inning, then completed the fifth inning before being taken out of the game. He finished having allowed two runs — both on solo home runs — and five hits in total with no walks and six strikeouts on 65 pitches.

The Mariners should provide more information on Hernandez’s status after the game or on Tuesday. Needless to say, losing Hernandez for any amount of time would not be ideal for the Mariners.

Hernandez, 30, struggled — by his standards — to a 3.82 ERA with a 122/65 K/BB ratio in 153 1/3 innings last season.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.

Report: Phillies making Maikel Franco available in trade discussions

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are making third baseman Maikel Franco “more than available” in trade discussions.

Franco, 24, is having an abysmal season after showing promise in 2015 and ’16. Through 289 plate appearances, he’s hitting .221/.280/.365 with nine home runs and 37 RBI. His hitting has tanked and his already below-average defense hasn’t shown any improvement.

It’s a bit surprising that the Phillies would be so eager to move Franco with his value about as low as it can go. Franco is also under control of the rebuilding Phillies through the 2021 season, so the team doesn’t have to rush into moving him. He will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season.

Furthermore, the Phillies don’t have an immediate replacement for Franco at third base. Andres Blanco would likely get everyday starts at the hot corner in the short-term, but as far as prospects go, there are no third baseman banging down the door. If the Phillies were to trade Franco, it would likely have to be in return for a young, talented third baseman who will be under team control for several more years.