Felix Hernandez leaves Sunday’s start with quadriceps tightness

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Mariners ace Felix Hernandez left Sunday’s start against the Athletics after five innings due to tightness in his right quadriceps, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. He had allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out one against the Athletics Sunday afternoon.

The Mariners say Hernandez’s early exit was due to precautionary reasons. That makes it sound like Hernandez should still be expected to make his next scheduled start against the Rangers on Saturday.

In his Opening Day start against the Angels, Hernandez allowed one run on two hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. The right-hander finished as the runner-up to Corey Kluber in American League Cy Young balloting last season.

Tyson Ross opts out of 2020 season

Tyson Ross opts out
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On Monday, Nationals pitcher Joe Ross became one of four players to opt out of the 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Joe’s brother Tyson Ross opted out of the 2020 season as well, per Jon Heyman.

Ross, 33, is currently a free agent. He racked up 35 1/3 disappointing innings for the Tigers last year, posting a 6.11 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 18 walks.

Mike Leake, Ryan Zimmerman, and Ian Desmond are the three other players to have opted out of the 2020 season thus far. None of these players are considered “high risk,” so they are forgoing their salaries and service time.