Felix optimistic cramp won't have lingering effects
Ace exits with lower back discomfort in seventh after giving up three runs
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KANSAS CITY -- Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez left Monday's 3-1 loss to the Royals for precautionary reasons because of a lower back cramp.
Hernandez put his hand near the left side of his back after a 1-1 pitch to Alex Gordon in the seventh inning before manager Eric Wedge and a trainer visited the mound. After consulting with Hernandez, Wedge made the move to the bullpen.