Mariners starter Felix Hernandez left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Cubs in the bottom of the second inning after taking a Victor Caratini line drive off of his pitching arm. Hernandez was in “serious pain” and walked off the field with trainers, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Mariners should provide an update after evaluating Hernandez. Obviously, it’s a big scare for the club though the veteran is coming off of a rough 2017. He went 6-5 with a 4.36 ERA and a 78/26 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings last season. Hernandez and James Paxton were set to lead a rotation that also includes Mike Leake and Erasmo Ramirez.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.
DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.
After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.
With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.