Felix Hernandez possible elbow issues
Last Thursday, the Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez agreed on a seven year extension contract that was worth $175 million. Hernandez’s physical may show some issues with his pitching elbow.
The deal has not gone through and now it does not look like it is going to happen soon. There is no rush though because Hernandez’s current contract still has two more years on it, according to ESPN.
The Mariners want Hernandez and Hernandez does not want to leave Seattle. So the two sides should be able to work things out. To protect the Mariners from a possible injury problem, the contract could include language that would protect them from the injury before the end of the deal, like CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees did.
These suspicions about Hernandez’s elbow began on Friday when he pulled out of the World Baseball Classic. It became more suspicious when the deal did not go through, according to USA Today.
However, there seems to be no immediate problems with Hernandez’s elbow since the pitcher is still set to go to Arizona for the Mariners’ first practice on Wednesday.
MLB.com reports that Jack Zduriencik, Mariners’ general manager, said, “He’s coming down tonight and will be here to get his physical, and we’ll get rolling. I’m not going to comment on any of that other stuff. It’s ridiculous. I’ve watched him at [Safeco Field] for the last month or so throwing, and he’s his normal self.”
There is some time for the two parties to work out the contract. It just will not be decided on before spring training as everyone had thought.