Mariners ace Felix Hernandez vowed to the fans in Seattle last week that he would start the club’s regular season finale on Sunday against the A’s. Fortunately or unfortunately, it appears that M’s management has intervened.
Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Hernandez will not make another start this season, presumably because of a high innings total.
King Felix, 24, turned in a stellar 2.27 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 232 strikeouts in 249 2/3 frames this season but was held to a 13-12 record because of a historically anemic Mariners offense. We’re hoping that it doesn’t cost him the American League Cy Young Award, because he truly has been the best all-around pitcher on that side of baseball this season.
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Giants catcher Buster Posey will likely undergo season-ending surgery on his ailing right hip, which has bothered him since May, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Executive VP of baseball operations Brian Sabean said it’s a “safe assumption” that Posey will go under the knife. The procedure would clean out bone spurs and address the labrum, which is the soft tissue around the hip socket.
Posey didn’t start Sunday’s game and went 1-for-6 on Monday against the Mets. He’s batting .286/.360/.386 with five home runs and 40 RBI in 439 plate appearances this season. It will go down as his least productive season among those in which he has appeared in 100 games.
Nick Hundley would take over full-time catching duties if Posey were to have his season cut short. Hundley has performed decently, hitting .247/.296/.452 with nine homers and 30 RBI in 199 PA.