The Seattle Mariners are close to having their ace back in their rotation. According to a report from the Associated Press, Hernandez is expected to pitch Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels.
Hernandez has thrown two bullpen sessions this week, one on Monday and one on Thursday. The Mariners considered bringing him back after Monday’s session, but decided not to rush the 27-year old back to the hill, especially with their season all but over. The Mariners showed some promise, but are still 19 games under .500 at 67-86 and 22.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.
Hernandez last pitched on September 2 against the Kansas City Royal. He pitched 6.2 innings and gave up six his and three runs, taking the loss. He gave up nine runs, eight earned in his start before that, a 12-4 loss to the Texas Rangers on August 28.
Before injuring his oblique, Hernandez was having another fantastic season. The 6’3, 230 lb. righty is 12-9 with a 3.01 ERA. He has 200 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.13.