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.