A Danny Hultzen injury will slow down his progression with the Seattle Mariners during Spring Training. Hultzen's injury is a strained hip flexor that caused manager Eric Wedge to scratch him from the game on Monday (March 4). According to a report from MLB.com, the injury isn't considered serious, but he is going to have to rest it and will miss at least the next few days of action.
This is disappointing news because Hultzen was starting to pitch really well for the Mariners. Appearing in two games so far, including one start, Hultzen has pitched three scoreless innings for the Mariners. He has allowed just one hit, given up two walks, and struck out six hitters that he has faced. That .100 batting average against him and 2.00 GO/AO ratio show that he could become a really good starting pitcher for the Mariners.
This Danny Hultzen injury shouldn't hold him back for too long, but a hip injury to a pitcher has to be taken pretty seriously. He should be fine after a few days rest and will likely get the chance to start another game either this upcoming weekend or early next week. At this point, it looks like Hultzen is pitching well enough to make the Opening Day roster, but that would start his arbitration clock now. It's possible that the front office will delay that until June, but the team might really need him to step up now.
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