Felix Hernandez placed on DL following an injury suffered while celebrating

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The Mariners have placed pitcher Felix Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained right calf.

“Wait,” you say. “When did he do that? He last pitched on Friday and he was fine when he finished the game!” That’s true, but he didn’t injure his calf pitching. He did it while celebrating all the home runs the M’s hit in yesterday’s shellacking of the Padres. Bob Dutton:

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is heading to the 15-day disabled list after suffering a strained right calf Tuesday as he leapt from the bench to celebrate one of the club’s five home runs in a 16-4 victory over San Diego at Safeco Field.

It’s not thought to be a serious injury — the Mariners believe he’ll be back in action as soon as his DL stint, which was backdated to May 28, is up — but it’s still not a great way to lose your ace while you’re contending.