Felix Hernandez missed all of May and most of June with bursitis in his shoulder. He’s about to miss another month or so for the same thing: the Mariners just announced that Hernandez was diagnosed with right shoulder bursitis once again and they say he’ll miss 3-4 weeks.
Hernandez was placed on the disabled list on August 5, retroactive to August 1 after experiencing discomfort in his biceps in a July 31 start at Texas. He’s 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA this season in 13 starts. While he has been surpassed as the M’s ace by James Paxton, his loss will still be felt as Seattle fights for a Wild Card slot.
In his absence the rotation will consist of Paxton, Marco Gonzales, Erasmo Ramirez, Ariel Miranda and Yovani Gallardo.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.