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Rick Ankiel’s comeback effort slowed by elbow surgery

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Rick Ankiel announced in August that he was going to attempt to make a comeback as a relief pitcher. That comeback effort will be delayed for a few months as he underwent surgery on his left elbow to repair a ligament, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Cardinals were going to make a contract offer to Ankiel, 39, and still plan to once he is fully recovered. Ankiel pitched in the Bluegrass World Series but otherwise hasn’t pitched competitively since 2004. After that, he reinvented himself as a position player.

Félix Hernández passes Don Drysdale on all-time strikeouts leaderboard

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.

With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.

On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.