Felix Hernandez exits Opening Day start with a groin injury

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Mariners ace Felix Hernandez exited Monday’s Opening Day start with a groin injury, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Hernandez suffered the injury covering first base on a Josh Reddick ground out. He stayed in the game to finish the inning, then completed the fifth inning before being taken out of the game. He finished having allowed two runs — both on solo home runs — and five hits in total with no walks and six strikeouts on 65 pitches.

The Mariners should provide more information on Hernandez’s status after the game or on Tuesday. Needless to say, losing Hernandez for any amount of time would not be ideal for the Mariners.

Hernandez, 30, struggled — by his standards — to a 3.82 ERA with a 122/65 K/BB ratio in 153 1/3 innings last season.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.