Felix Hernandez on track to start Saturday vs. Rangers

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Mariners ace Felix Hernandez made an early exit from his start Sunday against the Athletics because of tightness in his right quadriceps, but it sounds like he won’t have to miss a turn in Seattle’s rotation.

“As we speak right now, my plan is to go with Felix (on Saturday night against the Rangers)” Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune on Tuesday evening in Los Angeles. “I still want to see his bullpen session.”

That bullpen session is scheduled for Wednesday.

Hernandez, 29, has a 3.00 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 11/3 K/BB ratio in 12 innings (two starts) this season.

He posted a 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 248/46 K/BB ratio across 236 innings last season.