|Mariners ace Hernandez leaves game with elbow tightness in first inning|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 18 April 2007 17:20|
The Mariners announced the 21-year-old phenom left ``for precautionary reasons'' and would be reevaluated tomorrow.
pain to Griffin, Hargrove summoned long reliever Jake Woods out of the dugout to replace the pitching star of the young season.
When Hernandez left, a hush fell over the Safeco Field crowd that had been cheering his first two strikes of the game and then applauded when Luis Castillo led off the game with a single. It took into the eighth inning for Boston to get its only hit off Hernandez in his previous start. On opening day, Hernandez allowed just three hits and struck out 12 in eight scoreless innings of a win over Oakland.
Hernandez walked slowly off the field and tilted his cap back from his forehead while he talked to Griffin, who was at his side. At one point, Hernandez opened the palm of his hand toward the sky as if to tell Griffin he didn't know what had happened.
The Twins then scored again off Woods, the third run charged to Hernandez.
Hernandez was charged with two walks - the second when Woods threw ball four to Morneau - and threw a wild pitch that bounced in the opposite batters' box during his one-third of an inning. Only 12 of his 24 pitches were strikes on a chilly night that was the polar opposite of his first two wondrous starts. His wild pitch scored Castillo, the first run off Hernandez in 17 1/3 innings this season.