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Mariners activate Felix Hernandez

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The Seattle Mariners have activated Felix Hernandez from the 10-day disabled list.

He’s missed over a month, in fact, due to a recurrence of bursitis in his right shoulder, having been placed on the disabled list on August 5, retroactive to August 1. The Mariners are 18-20 since then and currently stand three and a half games back for the second Wild Card, with the Angels separating them from the current placeholder Twins.

Hernandez, who is 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA this season in 13 starts, will be limited to around 50 pitches in the outing.

Phillies talking to Blue Jays about Curtis Granderson

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are talking to the Blue Jays about outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Rosenthal says that the Phillies are looking at Granderson as a bench bat and fourth outfielder to be deployed against righties. Granderson, 37, is hitting .230/.337/.417 with nine homers and 29 RBI over 81 games this season, substantially better against righties. Against lefties he’s a clear liability.

Granderson was traded at last year’s deadline too, from the Mets to the Dodgers, but cratered badly after arriving in L.A. and was a non-entity in the playoffs.