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.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.