Scheduled to start Saturday against Kansas City, Felix Hernandez instead landed on the 10-day disabled list for the second time this season, this time with right biceps tendinitis. The Mariners recalled LHP Marco Gonzales from AAA Tacoma. He would have started Saturday but the Mariners game in Kansas City was postponed by thunderstorms, making for a doubleheader Sunday,
Gonzales, 25, made two starts with Tacoma, winning both with a 4.50 ERA with nine strikeouts and five walks. The Mariners acquired him from St. Louis for minor league OF Tyler O’Neill July 21. In 13 combined starts with AAA Memphis (St. Louis) and Tacoma, he is 8-4 with a 3.14 ERA.
In parts of three MLB seasons, Gonzales is 4-2 with a 5.53 ERA 12 games (seven starts). He has twice been listed by Baseball America as having the “best changeup” in the Cardinals organization (2013 and 2014). In 2014, he was named the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Gonzales, who resides in Seattle in the off-season, was selected by St. Louis in the first round (19th overall) of the 2013 draft out of Gonzaga University. The native of Fort Collins, CO., won the John Olerud Award as the nation’s top collegiate two-way player in 2013 after being a finalist for the award in 2012.
Hernandez, 31, is 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA. In his last eight starts to June 23, he is 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA. Hernandez was on the disabled list from April 26-June 23 with right shoulder inflammation. In his first five starts of the season (April 3-25), Hernandez went 2-2 with a 4.73 ERA.
Gonzales starts the first game at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, part of a traditional, single-admission doubleheader. RHP Erasmo Ramirez will start the second game.
The postponement was the Mariners first since being rained out in New York on April 30, 2014. Seattle played 572 consecutive scheduled games since that rainout, the longest active streak in the majors. Seattle had not been rained out in Kansas City since Aug. 19, 2004.