OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 05: Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners leaves the game with runners on first and second base in the seventh inning of their game against the Oakland Athletics on Opening Day at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 5, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Felix Hernandez will not make his next scheduled start on Wednesday for the Seattle Mariners, according to Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times. Hernandez, who’s been hampered by back discomfort, will be replaced by Hector Noesi.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge told reporters that while Hernandez is feeling better, Seattle isn’t at the point where they feel comfortable bringing him back on Wednesday. Wedge called Hernandez’s Monday pre-game catch session "just OK" and said there is no sense in rushing his return to the mound.
Wedge said the Mariners are not even considering a stint on the disabled list for Hernandez right now. On the year, Hernandez has posted an ERA and WHIP of 3.42 and 1.261 over his 12 starts.
Noesi started for the Mariners Saturday versus the Chicago White Sox, lasting only 4 1/3 innings while surrendering six earned runs on seven hits, including three home runs. Seattle is hoping that because Noesi threw only 68 pitches Saturday he will be OK to start tomorrow’s game.