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.