Mariners’ Hernandez satisfied despite start
For a strange start to spring training, Felix Hernandez seemed satisfied.
The former Seattle Mariners ace, trying to regain his status as an elite pitcher, gave up four runs and left after 1 1⁄ innings Saturday against the 3 San Diego Padres.
Hernandez allowed four hits, but just was one was hard hit. He didn’t walk anyone, but hit a batter and threw only 23 strikes in 42 pitches.
“The most important thing is that my arm, and my body feel good,” Hernandez said. “The pitches were moving, the curveball was really good.”
Hernandez, who turns 33 in April, is entering his 15th season in Seattle – and the final year of his seven-year, $175 million contract. The Mariners hold a team option for 2020.
Phillies: Newcombers catcher J.T. Realmuto, outfielder Andrew McCutchen and shortstop Jean Segura all started Saturday in a 3-2 spring training loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Segura went 1 for 3 while McCutchen and Realmuto each went hitless in two at-bats.
Dodgers: Ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw is expected to resume his regular throwing program next week. Manager Dave Roberts said that Kershaw was feeling better.
Roberts gave Kershaw a chance to “reset” after two spring outings on the mound. The three-time Cy Young Award winner said he “just didn’t feel right” after a live batting practice session on Monday and a bullpen onWednesday.
Kershaw has dealt with back injuries the past three seasons and a shoulder injury last year. This week, Roberts announced Kershaw his opening day starter to face Arizona on March 28 at Dodger Stadium.
Cardinals: Outfielder/first baseman Jose Martinez signed a $3.25 million, two-year contract to remain with St. Louis, which essentially bought out his first year of arbitration after this season.
Martinez, 30, said he would send some of the money to relatives in his native Venezuela, which has been plagued by food and medical shortages and a political crisis.
Marlins: Newly acquired catcher Jorge Alfaro bruised his right knee when he collided with the dugout railing and then fell down the steps chasing a foul ball. Alfaro finished the inning but then came out of the team’s spring training opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. He said he wasn’t seriously hurt.
Reds: Cincinnati signed shortstop Jose Iglesias to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training. The 29-year-old Iglesias will compete for a place on the Reds’ bench.
Indians: Cleveland signed former All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard, who brings experience and durability to their revamped bullpen. Clippard received a minor league contract and roster invitation from the Indians.
White Sox: Chicago finalized minor league deals with right-hander Ervin Santana and outfielder Preston Tucker. Santana, 36, made five starts with Minnesota last season after having surgery on his right middle finger two weeks before spring training.
The Phillies’ Andrew McCutchen, right, is safe as Pirates’ Jose Osuna, left, fields the ball on a throwing error by third baseman Colin Moran on Saturday.