Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will not
make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Houston Astros due to recurring
stiffness in his back, the team announced Monday.
Hernandez exited his most recent outing, a 6 2/3-inning stint at Kansas City
last Monday, after experiencing cramps in his lower back, and continued to
have tightness during a throwing session on Saturday.
Brandon Maurer will take Hernandez's place on Wednesday. The rookie made 10
starts for Seattle early in the season, but has pitched exclusively in long
relief since being recalled from the minors in late July.
In 18 overall appearances with the Mariners, Maurer has posted a 4-7 record
with a 6.85 earned run average.
Hernandez, the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, currently ranks
third in the AL with 200 strikeouts and owns a 12-9 record along with a 3.01
ERA over 29 starts.
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