Mariners scratch Hernandez from Wednesday start

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Mariners scratch Hernandez from Wednesday start

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.

09/09 15:27:46 ET
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