According to Manager Jim Riggleman, the x-rays taken on Felix Hernandez’s left ankle were negative.
He had wrapped up in the clubhouse and stubbornly said he wouldn’t miss his next start. Riggleman wouldn’t go that far saying that it may get pushed back. The good news is that they’re not even thinking about the disabled list.
“The x-rays were negative, it’s a slight sprain. We hope we can get him back out there as soon as possible and he’s already saying he’s not going to miss a start. So, you know, (trainer) Rick Griffin is pretty encouraged. Felix may miss a couple of days off his next start. No DL. We’re not thinking DL at all. With the x-ray being negative and an off-day coming up, we have a chance to move his next start way toward the other end. The DL is not something we are even thinking about right now.”
But Riggleman also cautioned that they need to see how it looks in the coming days. We’ve all had sprained ankles that end up being worse that we thought. So the Mariners will keep a close eye on it. There’s no reason to rush him back – other than our personal enjoyment of watching him pitch.
Here’s a few Felix quotes...
On how he felt after the play at the plate?
“You know I’m not going to come out if it’s not too bad. But it was bad.”
On whether he’ll make his next start?
“I’m going to pitch next time. For sure. I’ll be there. Now I’m fine. I’m going to be ready to throw my next outing.”
On his approach?
“Just swing. I closed my eyes anyway.”
On getting the bunt sign in his next at-bat after hitting a grand slam.
“I got to do it. Come on. My job was to put down bunt. ‘You hit a homer? Tough luck.'”
What was he thinking when he was rounding the bases?
“I was happy we got four runs. That’s all I needed was four runs.”
On being the first Mariner pitcher to hit a home run in franchise history?
On being the first American League pitcher to hit a grand slam since 1971?
That’s good too.
* The last AL pitcher to hit a grand slam was Cleveland’s Steve Dunning, May 11, 1971 off of Diego Segui of Oakland. You remember Diego Segui, the only player to play the Seattle Pilots and Seattle Mariners.
* C.C. Sabathia is the only other AL pitcher to hit a homer in interleague play this year, and Felix’s was the 14th ever in interleague play. The previous 13 HR were either solo or 2-run homers).
* The last grand slam by a pitcher in either league was then-Florida Marlin Dontrelle Willis on July 7, 2006, who hit one off the Mets’ Jose Lima.
* Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre also hit a grand slam in his career also against the Mets, but his was an inside the parker at Yankee Stadium on July 20, 1965.