Hours before he was scheduled to take the mound in Saturday’s contest against the Royals, Mariners’ right-hander Felix Hernandez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis. The move is retroactive to August 2, though the Mariners have not elaborated on the cause or severity of Hernandez’s injury. In a best-case scenario, he likely won’t take the mound again until August 13.
It’s the second such stint for Hernandez, who served 58 days on the disabled list earlier this season after getting diagnosed with bursitis in his right shoulder. The 31-year-old went 5-4 in 13 starts between injuries and turned in a 4.28 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 over 73 2/3 innings. While his peripheral stats show an improvement over last season’s totals, his inability to stay healthy is both puzzling and concerning, especially for a club that’s still in the mix for a postseason berth this fall.
Minor league lefty Marco Gonzales was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday and is expected to start in Hernandez’s place against the Royals. The 25-year-old starter was acquired by the Mariners in exchange for Cardinals’ outfielder Tyler O’Neill in July, and has issued eight runs, five walks and nine strikeouts in 12 innings for Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate this year.