Felix Hernandez will remain in Seattle instead of travelling to Philadelphia with the team for their next tour, which starts on Tuesday, according to what the manager Scott Servais said to MLB.com’s Greg Johns. The “King” will step up to the mound for the first time since he was placed in the disabled list on Monday, where he will begin his pitching schedule.
"He is really feeling good," Servais told MLB.com.
The Venezuelan righty suffered bursitis in his right shoulder, back in April 25, when he was pitching against the Detroit Tigers. He only managed to stay on the field for two innings before coming off injured. He conceded four runs, one home run, picked up two strikeouts and allowed two walks, finishing with an ERA of 4.72.
Since then, his return was expected to be on hold for two to three weeks, being the end of May — a realistic time in the scale if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks. However, it isn’t clear if he will need to partake in minor league rehab before that happens.
Right-handed reliever Steve Cishek will indeed have to spend a spell in the minors before rejoining the team’s bullpen, in the next few days.
The veteran reliever had already started his first steps in the minors last month, but he decided to take a break after conceding two runs in four innings throughout five games between Double-A and Triple-A. He also conceded three walks and was credited with four strikeouts, but he considered he should make some adjustments to his game, according to MLB.com.
The righty missed the whole Spring Training consequence of a muscle tear in his left hip that required him to undergo surgery during the offseason. Cishek will need to play a couple more games in Tacoma before rejoining his team, according to MLB.com, which is in desperate need of his return to the bullpen, given the crisis currently unfolding.