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May 18, 2008 at 4:33 PM

Felix Hernandez experienced tightness in his calf

Manager John McLaren said he knew Hernandez wouldn’t want to leave the game after the sixth inning, but he didn’t give his pitcher the choice. Hernandez’s calf was tight, something he said began with his warm-up pitches earlier in the game, perhaps the third inning he said. He threw 91 pitches in six innings, struck out five and walked one.
Hernandez said after the game he didn’t expect the tightness would cost him a start. McLaren didn’t expect that would be the case either.
“I don’t think so,” McLaren said when asked if Hernandez might miss a start. “You know him, he wanted to stay out there. I knew he was going to fight me on it, but I was going to have to win this battle. Like I said, he means too much for us. We don’t think it’s serious, but it’s something that if he altered his pitching delivery or something, he might do something to himself.
“We’ll monitor this day by day, and hopefully with a little treatment, a little rest, he’s going to be fine. We’ll know something more Tuesday.”

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