Mariners star Felix Hernandez is set to make a rehabilitation start for the Tacoma Rainiers tonight. He’s expected to throw four innings or 60-65 pitches, whichever comes first, in the 6:05 pm game at Cheney Stadium against the Reno Aces.
Felix has been on the Mariners disabled list since his last start, on April 25 against Detroit. He was diagnosed with shoulder bursitis, and he has been going through a process of rest and rehabilitation to recover.
This is the second time Hernandez has had a rehabilitation start for Tacoma. He pitched at Cheney Stadium on July 15 last year, tossing 5.2 innings against Colorado Springs and allowing one run. He was rehabilitating a calf injury at the time.
Felix pitched for Tacoma in 2005, making 19 appearances and going 9-4, 2.25 in 88 innings at age 19.
There is also a chance Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger (strained oblique) could start a rehab assignment today.
It’s going to be a fun night at Cheney!
Yesterday: Oswaldo Arcia‘s second inning grand slam capped a six-run rally and the Reno Aces cruised to a 14-4 win over the Rainiers in the series opener on Monday night. Reno now leads Tacoma by three games in the standings.
Roster Move: After being designated for assignment on Friday, outfielder Andrew Aplin was outrighted to Tacoma yesterday.
Today: Reno (36-22) at Tacoma (32-24), 6:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Reno leads, 1-0.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Aaron Laffey (2-0, 1.67) at RHP Felix Hernandez (-).
Look for Casey Lawrence to follow Felix from the bullpen.
Hot Rainiers: Leonys Martin has a five-game hitting streak, and he has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games… Zach Shank is 17-for-50 with 11 RBI over his last 13 games.
Look Out For: Jack Reinheimer has an eight-game hitting streak… ex-Rainiers infielder Ketel Marte has been one of the top hitters in the PCL all season, batting .381 with a .973 OPS. Suddenly he’s hitting for power: he’s homered in three of the last five games… Oswaldo Arcia has a six-game hitting streak with four homers during it, and he’s batting .361-14-60 on the year… Christian Walker leads the PCL with 16 home runs. He’s hit 12 of the 16 at home in Reno.
Local Guys and Ex-Rainiers: Ketel Marte was traded with Taijuan Walker to the Diamondbacks for Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger. Still a riveting trade, eh? Let’s not even bother trying to decide who won the deal until at least 2022… Carlos Rivero played for Tacoma in 2015… Hank Conger grew up in Federal Way but moved to southern California before high school.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
Triple-A All-Star Game: We’re hosting it at Cheney Stadium on July 12, and fan balloting is live now – go here and vote for who you want to see.
- We have a Rainiers game story in the local paper!
- The News Tribune has everything you need to know about Felix Hernandez‘s rehabilitation start.
- Leonys Martin is making progress with Tacoma.
- The Seattle Times has an offday feature on Mariners pitcher Tyler Cloyd and his return to the major leagues. Hard to fathom he was in independent ball just a few weeks ago.
- Bob Dutton has a Mariners farm watch, focusing on Low-A Clinton third baseman Joe Rizzo.
- The Mariners are back in action tonight, facing the Twins. Has the recent hot streak saved the Mariners season?
- Sam Miller wonders if batters strategically drop the bat in a disruptive location after making contact.
PCL Game Reports:
- Newly acquired outfielder Cesar Puello helped Salt Lake defeat Las Vegas, 7-6. Doug Fister starts for Salt Lake today.
- Albuquerque fell under the .500 mark for the first time in over a month with a 10-7 home loss to El Paso.
- Christian Arroyo returned to Sacramento and homered in his first at-bat to help the River Cats beat Fresno, 7-3.
- Omaha had homers hit by Jorge Soler and Bubba Starling in a 4-2 win over Nashville.
- Iowa lost to Oklahoma City, 4-3, despite turning their first triple play since 2008. Tacoma hasn’t turned a triple play since 1995!
- After a one hour, 45 minute
naprain delay, the Baby Cakes lost to Luke Weaver and Memphis, 4-1. Weaver struck out 11 in just five innings.
- Round Rock out-slugged Colorado Springs, 10-7, despite three hits and three RBI from Sky Sox outfielder Lewis Brinson.
Early game on Wednesday – 11:35 AM!