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M’s Hernandez out 3-4 weeks with shoulder bursitis

The Sports Xchange

August 08, 2017 at 3:04 pm.

Jul 9, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) throws against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at Safeco Field. Photo Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 9, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) throws against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at Safeco Field. Photo Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners suffered a big blow Tuesday when it was revealed right-hander Felix Hernandez will miss 3-to-4 weeks with bursitis in his pitching shoulder.

Hernandez was scratched from his Saturday start against the Kansas City Royals and placed on the 10-day disabled list. Medical tests performed Monday in Seattle detected the seriousness of the injury.

In addition, right-hander David Phelps was placed on the disabled list with an impingement in his pitching elbow. He is slated to miss 2-to-3 weeks.

Phelps was injured during Sunday’s game against Kansas City and departed after facing one batter.

Seattle is in the mix for an American League wild-card berth and the loss of the two pitchers could hurt that quest.

Hernandez, a former Cy Young Award winner, is just 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA this season but still ranks as the club’s second-best starter behind left-hander James Paxton.

Phelps was recently acquired from the Miami Marlins to improve the team’s pitching depth. He is 3-5 with a 3.33 ERA in 54 innings this season.

The Mariners also officially added All-Star first baseman Yonder Alonso to the roster prior to Tuesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics. Seattle acquired Alonso (22 homers) from the Athletics in a trade on Sunday.