Mariners activate Felix Hernandez off DL, option Andrew Moore
The Mariners have activated Felix Hernandez off the 10-day disabled list, an expected move with the right-hander scheduled to start tonight’s series opener against Houston at Safeco Field.
Rookie Andrew Moore was optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma in the corresponding roster move. Moore pitched seven strong innings in his MLB debut Thursday night and figures to have a place in Seattle’s rotation, but the Mariners don’t need a fifth starter right now with days off on Monday and Thursday of next week.
Hernandez went on the DL on April 26 because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He was 2-2 with a 4.73 ERA, 22 strikeouts and three walks in five starts to begin the season before he was hurt. In three rehab starts with Tacoma, he went 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA and 16 strikeouts.
Earlier this week, Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. told “Danny, Dave and Moore” about how the 31-year-old Hernandez will have to pitch differently at this stage of his career.
Hernandez will deliver first pitch against the first-place Astros at 7:10. You can hear the game on 710 ESPN Seattle, with pregame coverage starting at 6.
Here is the Mariners’ lineup:
Jean Segura, SS
Ben Gamel, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nelson Cruz, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Mitch Haniger, RF
Danny Valencia, 1B
Jarrod Dyson, CF
Mike Zunino, C
Felix Hernandez, RHP