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.
White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon is expected to miss five to six weeks due to left biceps tendinitis, according to GM Rick Hahn (via Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald). That is, of course, as long as Rodon doesn’t suffer any setbacks.
Rodon was scratched from his spring start on March 24 before undergoing an MRI which revealed no structural damage.
Last season, the 24-year-old made 28 starts, finishing with a 4.04 ERA and a 168/64 K/BB ratio in 165 innings.
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Monday that pitcher Seth Lugo will miss “a few weeks” due to a right elbow injury, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. Lugo will see a doctor on Tuesday for a second opinion.
Lugo, who pitched for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic last month, began experiencing “dead arm” towards the end of spring training. He underwent an MRI, which revealed no structural damage, but he was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.
A rookie in 2016, Lugo proved valuable to the Mets, making eight starts and nine relief appearances. He put up a 2.67 ERA with a 45/21 K/BB ratio in 64 innings.