Felix Hernandez injury: Mariners cancel RHP next start due to back stiffness
The back issues started for Hernandez last Monday, when he exited his start early against the Kansas City Royals with a lower back cramp. Seattle initially planned to push his next appearance back from Sunday until Wednesday, but have now decided to skip his turn entirely.
Hernandez's back issue is not considered serious, but the Mariners want to be cautious with their ace, according to Johns. The club has little reason to rush Hernandez back into the rotation. Seattle enters Monday with a 65-78 record, and had already decided to use a six-man rotation during the final month of the year.
Hernandez has had another strong campaign, going 12-9 with a 3.01 ERA and 200 strikeouts. The right-hander has logged 200-plus innings in each of the past five seasons.
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