Felix Hernandez won't start for the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday (September 11). The Mariners are pushing back Hernandez in the rotation again, leading to many questions about what is going on here. According to a report from The Seattle Times on Monday (September 9), he has what they are calling a minor oblique strain.
Hernandez has been suffering through stiffness in his back since a game against the Kansas City Royals on Sept. 2. He reportedly had to leave that game because of cramps in his lower back and he still has not healed up enough to take the mound again. With the team already eliminated from postseason contention, there is no reason for him to take the mound until he is at 100 percent.
Taking his place on the mound against the Houston Astros will be Brandon Maurer. This gives Maurer a shot to actually show that the team should give him another look, which might be needed after he has struggled quite a bit in recent outings.
As for when Felix Hernandez will take the mound again, that information hasn't been released by the front office. At this point, fans should not be surprised if they end up deciding to simply shut him down for the rest of the season. To this point, Hernandez has a 12-9 record with a 3.01 ERA, but has also lost five of his last six decisions.
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