Seattle Mariners pitcher out with forearm injury
The Seattle Mariners pitcher "King" Felix Hernandez, 31, will be out 10 days to two weeks due to a deep contusion on his right forearm.
Hernandez left in the second inning of a Spring Training game against the Chicago Cubs after being hit in the forearm by a line drive that was hit by Victor Caratini. The game would end in a 9-9 tie, according to USA Today.
Hernandez is a six-time All-Star and Cy Young winner.
“It could have been a lot worse. The trainers think we dodged one there. Nothing’s broken, but he’ll be out for a while,” Mariners manager Scott Servais told USA Today.
Before Hernandez was injured, he struck out infielder Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
This isn’t the first time that Caratini injured a pitcher while batting. He injured St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon last May with a fractured skull.
Hernandez is coming off his worst season ever. He was on the disabled list twice with a shoulder injury last year, and he also pitched a career low 86 2/3 innings and only recorded 76 strikeouts.
Hernandez has only two years and $53 million left on his seven-year, $175 million contract with the Seattle Mariners.
“I hope he’s ok and everything turned out to be all right. He’s one of the great pitchers in baseball and you never want to see that,” Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood told USA Today.