Mariners’ Her­nan­dez sat­is­fied de­spite start

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

Spring high­lights

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.

No­table

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.

LYNNE SLADKY AP

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.

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