The Associated Press reports Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (ankle) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 24. He is eligible to return Tuesday, July 8.
Fantasy owners lose another ace to the disabled list, as Hernandez still has soreness in his left ankle. However, don't panic. He can return July 8, which means he may only miss one more week as his landing foot continues to heal. The 22-year-old is 6-5 with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and 93 strikeouts in 108 innings.
The Mariners recalled relief pitcher Cesar Jimenez to take Hernandez's spot on the roster. Relief pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith is slated to make his first major league start in place of "King Felix" Tuesday, July 1.
An injury to a pitcher's landing foot can be tricky. With Hernandez's high leg kick, a lot of force comes down on the ankle when he delivers the ball. Rest is the best remedy because it's something that he could aggravate if he comes back too soon. However, the mild sprain he suffered June 23 didn't appear too serious, as Hernandez, at the time, vowed to make his next start. With the Mariners 17 1/2 games out of first place, there is no sense in risking it, though.
Place Hernandez on your bench or disabled list in all formats. If you need someone to fill the gap for him, it's best to play matchups since this appears to be short-term stint. Jimenez has no fantasy value.
Rowland-Smith has no fantasy value, either, despite his upcoming start. He last took the hill at the beginning of a game in 2006 with Double-A San Antonio. In 2004 he started 12 games for high Class A Inland Empire, and he started 17 contests in 2005 with San Antonio. While his 2.66 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 33 K's in 40 2/3 innings seem solid it has all come in relief; his longest outing of the season was 3 1/3 innings. He more than likely isn't stretched out enough to give fantasy owners a good shot at a win.
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