Mariners Reinstate RHP Félix Hernández From 60-Day Injured List

RHP Zac Grotz optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game 8/23)

August 24th, 2019

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

  • Félix Hernández, RHP, reinstated from 60-day Injured List and returned from rehab assignment with AAA Tacoma.
  • Zac Grotz, RHP, optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game 8/23).

Seattle’s Major League, 40-man, roster is now at 38 players.

Hernández (#34) is scheduled to be the Mariners starting pitcher for tonight’s (6:10 pm PT) game against the Toronto Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park.

Hernández, 33, was placed on the 10-day Injured List on May 12 with a right shoulder strain before being transferred to the 60-day IL on July 28. He made 5 starts on rehabilitation assignments with 3 different affiliates, combining for a 3.38 ERA (5 ER, 13.1 IP) with 20 strikeouts and 4 walks. In his most recent rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Aug. 19 vs. Salt Lake, he struck out 5 and walked 3 while allowing 1 run on 4 hits in 3.0 innings of work. He made 2 starts with the Rainiers – June 14 at San Antonio and Aug. 19 vs. Salt Lake – and fanned 7, walked 4 and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits over 5.1 innings. In 2 starts with Short-A Everett – Aug. 2 vs. Spokane and Aug. 14 vs. Tri-City – he struck out 10 and did not walk a batter across 6.0 scoreless innings. On Aug. 8 vs. Inland Empire, he made a start with High-A Modesto, allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits while striking out 3 in 2.0 innings.

In 8 starts with the Mariners this season, Hernández is 1-4 with a 6.52 ERA (28 ER, 38.2 IP) with 34 strikeouts and 8 walks. He collected his 2,500th career strikeout on May 11 at Boston, becoming 1 of 12 pitchers in Major League history to collect 2,500 or more strikeouts with one team.

Since making his Major League debut with Seattle in 2005, Hernández has a record of 169-132 in 412 games (411 starts). He is a 2-time AL ERA champion, an AL Cy Young Award winner, a 6-time AL All-Star and holds the Mariners franchise record for career wins and strikeouts.

Grotz, 26, is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA (3 ER, 7.2 IP) with 7 strikeouts and 5 walks in 5 relief appearances with the Mariners this season. He made his Major League debut on Aug. 2 at Houston. He earned his first career Major League win on Aug. 13 at Detroit, striking out 3 over 1.2 innings in the Mariners 11-6 victory. He was selected from Double-A Arkansas on July 31. In 26 games (6 starts) with Arkansas this season, he is 4-4 with a 2.51 ERA (16 ER, 57.1 IP) with 69 strikeouts and 11 walks.

Grotz signed with Seattle as a minor league free agent on Nov. 7, 2018. He was originally selected by the Houston Astros in the 28th round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound right-hander has appeared in 63 games (21 starts) over 4 minor league seasons with Houston (2015), Los Angeles-NL (2016), New York-NL (2018) and Seattle (2019-c). He has appeared parts of 3 seasons in various independent leagues (2016-18), combining for 103 appearances (5 starts).